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h, October! What a beautiful month this one is. The leaves on the trees are slowly dying a prolonged death, before they fall to the ground. The weather has become significantly harsher. The days have become shorter. The students are back in the Steel City. Yes, this truly is the greatest of all the months. To cheer you up, though, we have some treats (and, we promise, no tricks). We have been catching up with the absolutey lovely (in every way) Newton Faulkner, who has just completed his new album, Studio Zoo. We have also had a little chat with The Feeling to find out how they’re feeling (get it?) this month! In other news we went to the theatre to see the truly brilliant Stuart: A Life Backwards, which you may want to read all about.


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Your editor, Charlotte Grainger

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Newton Faulkner Page10

The Feeling Page14

Aiden Marples

Staff Writer Laura Kay


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What’s On Hmmm what’s on? What’s on? Try Off The Shelf, Celulloid Screams and a whole host of other great Sheffield based fun!


Newton Faulkner We caught up with the ginger-haired God ahead of his latest album, Studio Zoo.


The Feeling We chatted to The Feeling’s Kevin Jeremiah and we can confirm that he’s a complete sweetie pie!

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Interview with Jim Connolly

You’ve seen his artwork, now meet the man himself! We talk to Jim Connolly.

Film Previews We take a look at some of the best (and worst) films coming out this month.


Food & Drink Have we got a treat for you? Yes, yes we have. We spoke to Scottish hunk James Morton about bread.


Beauty We review Ruby’s and Beauty Care for some lush treatments and give you some tipes on making up your pretty eyes!


Fashion Logo tees? Guys come on! We bring you some of the latest fashion news along with some (we think) much needed advice.

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Psychology Wine = happiness (obvs), sexting and the fact that love literally hurts.

The Debate

Is beauty really in the eye of the beholder? Chic Lifestyle Magazine talks it out!

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ChicLifestyleMagazine | What’s On

What’s On We pick out the best events happening this month!

Off The Shelf 2013


ff The Shelf is Sheffield’s most prestigious, exciting and informative literature festival. If you missed out last year fear not because this year promises the same, with many critically acclaimed authors, events and talks to attend it’s looking to be the best off the shelf yet. With so much to see and do, Chic magazine is here to highlight a few key events to guide you in the right direction.

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AlunaGeorge 29th October The Plug


013 has been a massive year for band members Aluna Francis and George Reid. The duo from North London burst onto the Top 40 earlier this year with the huge ‘White Noise’, their collaboration with Disclosure and they’ve

gone from strength to strength since then with the release of their critically acclaimed album ‘Body Music’. With influences ranging from CocoRosie and PJ Harvey to Van Morrison, Destiny’s Child and Mariah Carey, as you can imagine their unique brand of pop is fun, fresh and different. Make sure you don’t miss this opportunity to see them live in Sheffield, they’re going to be massive. Tickets: £13.00

14th of November at 21.00 The Showroom Cinema Chuck Palahniuk’s eagerly awaited novel entitled Doomed is due out on 8th October. Doomed is the sequel to the critically acclaimed novel Damned, if that prospect alone isn’t exciting enough the author himself will be coming to Sheffield to talk about his new release and to answer any questions you may have about his groundbreaking body of work. This is a rare opportunity to speak to one of the most infamous authors of this generation.

Being Human Poetry Reading 7th of October at 20.00 Studio Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street

If you’re looking for something a little different over the festival period you should visit the Being Human show as they embark on their second national tour. Being Human brings together a collection of hand picked poems from across the world to perform to Sheffield. The performances will be accompanied with music and projected imagery to create a high quality production.

Jackie Kay

19th October at 20.00 Crucible Studio Theatre

Jason Manford: First World Problems Sheffield City Hall


ason Manford’s comedy career has catapulted since his early days performances in comedy clubs in Manchester. After exposure of his stand up from TV shows such as Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Manford is now a regular comedy show panellist as well as host of shows such as Comedy Rocks and Odd One In.

late after showing the world his opera talent and winning Born to Shine, he has since starred in West End Musical Sweeny Todd but he insists that his heart is still in comedy and that he’s ‘excited to be getting back to what I love the most – Stand up’. First World Problems promises to feature a wealth of anecdotes, hilarious tales and lots of audience banter which Manford’s easy charm and wit lend themselves to. For tickets and more info contact: 01142789789 or at Tickets: £22.50

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Hailing from Glasgow Jackie Kay has an extensive backlog of writing. She has won a multitude of awards for her entertaining adult poetry and been shortlisted for various other prizes. Notably, “Trumpet”, her first novel, won both the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Author’s Club First Novel Award. During her appearance at Off The Shelf Jackie will be reading extracts from her new short story collection “Reality Reality”, which centres on stories of women from all walks of life.

Meet the Author Conn Iggulden 23rd October at 18.30 Central Library

The best-selling author of “The Dangerous Book For Boys” will be talking about his latest contribution to literature. “Stormbird” is the first in an epic new series which details the events of the War of the Roses. This talk is not to be missed!

ChicLifestyleMagazine | What’s On

Celluloid Screams 25th-27th October Sheffield Showroom

T Fright Night Carnival 27th October Sheffield City Centre


right Night is Britain’s biggest Halloween carnival attracting over 40,000 people to the city centre each year, it’s become a Sheffield institution!

and stalls, a zombie garden and loads of activities for kids and this year promises to be even more exciting! For those too little to handle big Fright Night there’s Fright Night’s Little Brother which takes place earlier on in the afternoon with activities such as face painting and children’s funfair rides. Free Entry

his is Celluloid Scream’s 5th year at the Showroom and it’s as jam packed with premieres, previews, special guests and classic films as ever. The line-up includes the UK premiere of Delivery with an introduction and Q+A with the director Brian Netto and Producer Adam Schindler. The weekend also includes the Celluloid Screams all nighter with Saturday night rolling into Sunday morning, for those hardcore scary movie fans! All inclusive weekend tickets are £80.00 (£70.00 for concessions) or for those of you just wishing to go to the all-nighter it’s £25/£20. For more information call the box Office on: 0114 272 7727, or visit

Last year’s attractions included Fancy Dress catwalk, a voodoo New Orleans Jazz Band, Funfair rides

The Winter’s Tale

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Ghost Hunting 19th October Sheffield Town Hall


heffield’s Town Hall, opened by Queen Victoria in 1897 is an iconic landmark of Sheffield’s city centre. Everyone knows it as a beautiful space used for weddings and exhibitions however what most people don’t know is that staff often report sinister feelings in certain parts of the building, suspecting some rather paranormal activity... Staff and visitors have reported creepy going’s on, sometimes so extreme that they have had people vow never to return! This building has never been investigated before so this event will be the first time the supernatural beings have been disturbed!

Visitors will be participating in Victorian Séances, Table Tipping Experiments, Glass Divination and of course for everybody who’s brave enough, the infamous Ouija Board! To get the full ghost hunting experience, making you feel like one of the Most Haunted team you will be using all the latest equipment such as K2 meters, Franks box, motion sensors, sound enhancers, infra red cameras and much more to search for ghostly communications from the other side! Are you brave enough? Tickets for this event are flying out of the door so make sure you don’t miss your chance to make ghostly history! Not for the fainthearted! For more information (if you dare...) call: 0843 289 1215 or visit Tickets: £45

In an act of wild and passionate jealousy a man tears his family apart. Now, only a miracle can mend his pain.”

Perfectly combining comedy and romance, Shakespeare’s timeless story explores how redemption is always possible, albeit at a price. Directed by Sheffield Theatre’s Associate Director Paul Miller (Hamlet, The Daughter-In-Law, Democracy), The Winter’s Tale stars Daniel Lapaine(Muriel’s Wedding) and Claire Price (The Daughter-In-Law, The Pride) as Leontes and Hermione, a royal couple whose relationship changes history. This play is the perfect way to see in the start of the Winter season at the Crucible and as we all know that Sheffield Theatre’s really know how to do Shakespeare, make sure you get tickets! For more information call: 0114 249 6000 or visit Tickets: £17-25

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Stripped back with Newton Faulkner


hen you think of Newton Faulkner the things most likely to come to mind are his trademark dreadlocks and upbeat acoustic pop music. Faulkner’s take on Massive Attack’s ‘Teardrop’ and his massive hit single ‘Dream Catch Me’ made him a household name and established his large, very loyal fan base. Three albums later and Faulkner has decided to strip it back and takes his latest album back to basics with a renewed focus on making the music real rather than radio ready. Newton Faulkner’s latest single ‘Losing Ground’ which was released on September 8th, is the first single from his highly anticipated new album ‘Studio Zoo’. Faulkner has taken a wholly unique approach to his latest album, making history by live streaming the entirety of the recording process so that fans could watch 24/7 for five weeks from his home studio. Fans have been able to log in and watch every single detail of the recording process including guest appearances from Ted Dwayne of Mumford and Sons and Janet Devlin of X Factor fame. Faulkner’s last album ‘Write it on your Skin’ went straight to number one in the UK, selling over 1.5 million copies so there are high hopes for his latest offering which displays a different side to the singer songwriter’s personality. “I’ve gone back to my roots. But I’ve gone back beyond that to what I was doing before people knew me...I wanted it to feel loose and live, to be exactly what I do without any pretence or pop sensibility.” This album feels more raw and spontaneous than Newton’s previous work and a lot of the music that’s being put out at the moment. “Everything is so ridiculously clean and poppy these days. I don’t think it needs to be that way. This album has my chair squeaking on some songs. On one of the songs there are birds in the background because I forgot to close the window.”

In the process which Faulkner chose for this album, being live was the most important factor instead of being polished in a studio, it was “basically like a five week gig.” This level of exposure to the fans has given this album an edge and created an energy in the performances because there was a high level of pressure to get things sounding good since there was nothing to hide behind.

watching me and my brother play video games”, which was a rather strange element of the album making process but integral in the idea of breaking down barriers between the process of making an album and the music reaching the fans. This album definitely has the feel of a piece of work which wholly reflects the artist and is made with honesty and integrity being prioritised over radio play and chart success. “It’s very much a whole album, not singles for radio.” This album wasn’t inspired by anything in particular, ‘just general life, a lot of ups and downs. The third album was insanely positive. I look around and say, ‘’what do people need now?’’ This album has moved on considerably from the last album, “it’s definitely darker. I’ve been very honest. I mean a song like ‘Innocent’ is intense from a writing point of view.” This album “It’s definitely darker. I’ve been very honest. I mean a song like “Innocent” is intense from a writing point of view.”

“With this process it does solidify what I do, which some people don’t know. In a live set the guitar carries the performance, so we’re letting the guitar carry the whole album this time...You’d do a guitar take and I’d think it was good but then someone would be like ‘I think you can do better than that’’. On being watched by fans 24/7 Faulkner admits that it was a little intimidating but that ‘it would’ve been more intimidating if I didn’t have work to do. I had more than five weeks’ worth of work. It would have been weirder if people were just watching me do nothing.” “It meant I worked much more solidly than I would have otherwise, because there is an audience’. Although at points, fans had access to Faulkner’s downtime, there were times when ‘people were just

His songs are often woven with narrative but Faulkner doesn’t necessarily consider himself to be a storyteller, “Sometimes, not always. It’s something that’s very hard to do well.” That will be up to the fans to decide whether he succeeds in this or not in the latest album, but his previous albums have not disappointed and this new approach to making music, giving fans access to the process promises a new sound, showing a different side to the singer songwriter that isn’t necessarily as consistently upbeat but is perhaps even more real and honest. Interview: Charlotte Grainger Words: Laura Kay

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ChicLifestyleMagazine | The Feeling

Have you got The Feeling?


rit nominated band The Feeling, are back with their brilliant new album Boy Cried Wolf which is released on 7th October. Chic talks to bassist Kevin Jeremiah about the record, its new sound and touring with a band that’s been together for over ten years.

What element of the music inspired the album artwork? It’s quite interesting! I think it was a feeling of nostalgia. We grew up in the 80s and the album felt very nostalgic to us, we were looking back at our childhood and we felt the artwork evokes something of the sentiment of the films and TV that we were watching in those days.

Oh nice! How did that come about? The photography was an idea we had and it was a bit of a fluke. We had an idea inspired by Steven Spielberg type stuff, it’s geared to be in this weird situation with lights and a runway, it was something that Rich suggested as he flies planes as a hobby, he had access to an airfield so we got the boy and a photographer and hoped for the best, it was a complete fluke.

You were so lucky with that! What made you choose Rescue as your first single for that album? It’s always hard choosing a single. For us there isn’t a weak single on the album, we like them all equally but they are all different, its not a case of choosing two or three of the best, it’s more that it’s the first time people are going to be listening to us for a good while. We wanted to choose one that audiences would be able to identify as being us easily.


How do you think your new record differs from your old sound? If by old sound you mean the first record, it’s probably the closest we have been to it since; it’s different in that it’s a bit darker. To me it sounds similar but more experienced and you can tell that we have evolved musically.

Did you intend to go a bit darker? Or has life experience affected the tone and feel of the album? We never set out to achieve one thing when we make records, however the circumstances in making this one were very similar to when we made our first album. We didn’t have a record deal at the time and we didn’t have anybody putting pressure on us to make a specific kind of record. I think that the freedom we have had has contributed to making the record far better than it could have been any other way.

What’s next for you? You are releasing this album then you are doing an arena tour this year? Yeah the album comes out the beginning of October, we’re trying to get as many people to hear it as possible and part of that is a tour for a couple of weeks across the UK, then we’ll see what happens from there.

How do you deal with being around band mates constantly on tour? Do you need your own space? No its great…we never had a problem with it and we all get on really well...we kind of wander off and do our own thing if we feel like it… it’s actually really fun.

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Did you know? The Feeling • Bassist Richard Jones got their name from a neon sign on a bar (Le feeling) which he came across whilst in Paris. • The quintet initially performed as Super Fly, a resident cover band playing at La Tania Ski Resort in the French Alps. • Vocalist Dan Gillespie Sells and Richard Jones attended the coveted Brit School where they were members of one the most popular bands, ‘Horn’. • All 5 members of the band attended the University of Westminster where they all studied a BA in Commercial Music. • Dan Gillespie Sells (unofficially!) played Glastonbury at the age of five on the third stage which was used as a cabaret tent. • Richard Jones is married to songstress Sophie Ellis Bextor who encouraged the band to release a 4th record despite a split from their original record label in 2011. • To date, the band have won an Elle Style Award for band of the year and an Ivor Novello Award for songwriters of the year. They have also been nominated for a Q award, an NME award and the sought after Brit Award. • The band recently performed on stage with Beverly Knight and actor Dominic West for the coronation festival evening gala at Buckingham Palace.

ChicLifestyleMagazine | Jim Connolly & Lovelace

A Quick Q&A with Jim Connolly


ou may not know the name off hand, but you will most certainly have seen some of his work knocking about Sheffield. Jim Connolly, the man behind such iconic Sheffield posters as “Escape from the Moor” and “The Man of Steel City”, has a wide portfolio of work which can be seen all over the city.

a graphic novel. It’s a huge thing to tackle but it’s my main arty goal. I’ve got everything I need apart from the time to do it but over a long period it’s do-able. I’d like to do some more album covers and book covers too.

His recent (and on-going) work on Kelhelm Island Brewery pump clips has stood out on bars in the city for months now, whilst his most recent work can be seen on this month’s rather scary Fright Night poster. We caught Jim for a few quick words!

Kelham had previously worked with Sheff art heavyweights Martin Bedford & Pete McKee. They had a heroes vs villains concept and wanted a comic-book style artist to develop it. They’ve really let me flex the old creative muscles and given me a lot of freedom. I’m most proud of ‘King of the Rocket Men’ as it sold out in record time which was a big ego rocket-boost!

Tell us about the inspiration for the Fright Night poster?

Last year’s poster was Voodoo themed but this year Fright Night will have a Mexican Day of the Dead theme. Luchadors, sugar skulls, undead mariachi bands and monsterous cacti are the order of the day. Think Robert Rodriguez via Tim Burton.

October will see the sequel beer ‘Radar Men from the Moon’ hit the pumps and there will be a third rocketman beer in 2014 , alongside a new series I’m currently working on.

How did that come about?

Are you a big beer drinker yourself?

What inspired you to become an artist?

What is your favourite type of beer?

Yellow Bus Events asked me to work with that theme. They are a fun bunch with an open mind. They are the only client ever to ask me for extra gore.

Yep I’ll happily take a punt on the most whacky pump label on the bar and it usually pays off. It’s good to see what’s out there and a good range of beers is a selling point of a pub for me these days. Sláinte!

Watching cartoons and reading comic-books as a kid played a major part in it. I wanted to grow up to be the Adam West Batman but drawing seemed like the next best thing.

I briefly lived in Congleton and the Beartown Brewery’s flagship ale Kodiak Gold is a belter!

How did you start?

It varies but for example I just drew a gangster themed commission so I gathered some vintage posters and old photos of gangsters to get the cogs ticking. Ideally it’s better when you can take inspiration from what’s around you though i.e. a strange looking bloke walking down the Moor.

I went to university to study animation & illustration then got into making online learning games (at Can Studies and Desq) after graduating. I did a sideline of comic-style posters and album artwork which eventually started to take over as my style developed. I took the plunge about 4 years ago to go freelance and these days it’s mainly comicstyle illustration commissions I do.

What are your aspirations?

I’ve been planning a comic-book mini-series for a while in the back of my mind. My dream would be to make it happen and eventually publish it as


How did you get involved with Kelham Island?

Where do you get the initial idea for a piece of work from?

What is next for you?

Alongside the beer pump artwork I’ve got some personal commissions to tackle next, including one for an English-themed Chicago bakery / restaurant which should be fun. I’m also about to become a dad which is scary but equally exciting!

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Review: The truth behind the pornstar’s fame!


inda Lovelace’s career in porn was seriously short lived and yet she has made more of a long lasting impact on popular culture than anyone else in the industry. ‘Deep Throat’, Lovelace’s first and only pornographic movie became an overnight cult hit and despite grossing approximately $100 million dollars, Lovelace herself reportedly made less than $2,000. This film, fascinating, funny and deeply sad, documents the life of Linda Marchiano AKA ‘Lovelace’, in particular her tragic relationship with hugely influential husband and manager Chuck Traynor. Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman manage to successfully balance showing the glamour and fame on the surface of the porn industry in the 1970s with the extremely brutal, dark side of Linda’s personal life. Amanda Seyfried excels in this role, her genuine performance pulls off starry eyed naivety and then steely determination perfectly. The supporting cast of this film is seriously impressive, including Peter Sarsgaard, Adam Brody, Sharon Stone and a particularly good turn from James Franco as Hugh Heffner. This film is hugely enjoyable but there are parts that are hard to watch, the directors have not turned away from the dark side but instead embraced it and documented it as accurately as possible. This is not a film to be missed.

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ChicLifestyleMagazine | Film

A Quickie with Celluloid Screams Organiser, Rob Nevitt


ctober the 25th marks the start of Celluloid Screams; Sheffield’s own annual horror film festival at the Showroom Cinema and in preparation, Ben Halford speaks to Rob Nevitt, the programmer and organiser of the festival.

When and how did Celluloid Screams start?

I always believed there was a hardcore rabid audience for horror in Sheffield and South Yorkshire and in late 2008 the Showroom engaged me to program a mini “introduction to horror” season, all of which sold out, so then we knew a festival of this kind could work. The first edition of the festival was in 2009, and was a success. Since then, Celluloid Screams has grown into a highlight on the UK genre festival calendar that attracts people from across the country and this year is our biggest (and according to some) best lineup ever.

What are some of the new films lined up for this year’s festival?

We open with Motivational Growth, which almost defies categorisation it’s so self-assured and confident in its utter weirdness. Elsewhere, we have the stunning Israeli thriller Big Bad Wolves, microbudget zombie film The Battery and Euro vampire drama Chimeres. As you can probably gather, I’m immensely proud of this year’s lineup.

Carrie “reimagined”


he UK release of Carrie (2013) is just around the corner, early reports are positive despite the stigma often carried by horror remakes, particularly when remaking classic and cult cinema. Carrie has infuriated and disappointed ardent fans throughout the years due to a disastrous sequel and a lukewarm 2002 adaption. The 2013 remake is being helmed by Kimberly Pierce (Boys Don’t Cry, Stop-Loss) and is


You also have a special guest attending. Any further information on that?

Mr Frank Hennenlotter, director of the Basket Case trilogy and Frankenhooker. Frank is a genre titan and we’re so pleased that we’re able to bring him to the festival to present several of his films on the big screen and meet the fans.

You’re also holding a special allnighter on the second night. Has this been something that’s been planned for a while?

An all-nighter is something I’ve wanted to bring to Celluloid Screams since the beginning and this year it’s happening in the form of Night of the [un]dead. We deliberately went retro with the allnighter, so we’ve got Frankenhooker, The return of the living dead, The beyond and Braindead.

Will there be other non-screening events held at the festival?

We’ll have opening and closing night parties with DJs, and the other main non-screening event is our annual art exhibition. This year it’s called Destination: Terror, and is a collection of vintagestyle travel posters for fictional horror locations. They’re the kind of promotional posters that might be produced by the tourist boards of towns, cities and landmarks of classic horror films to encourage people to visit them. Celluloid Screams is taking place on the 25th 27th of October.

attempting to subvert this notion and stave off the pitchfork wielding fans by proclaiming itself as a “reimagining” as opposed to a shot to shot remake. Brian De Palma’s Carrie exploded onto screens in 1976; it changed the face of the high school films and had a powerful impact on a generation of viewers and film makers. It was the first of many Stephen King novels’s adapted to the big screen and is still arguably one of the most accomplished, let’s just hope this iteration lives up to the name and grabs the attention of a new generation.

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Woody Allen is back (again)


rom witty stand up comedy, to creating simply astonishing cinema, Woody Allen has been a statue of solidarity and continuity to the film world. He sets the example for all aspiring filmmakers, that you can be funny without having to delve into lowest common denominator humour. Often referencing his own life throughout many of his works he’s opened up the world to see his experiences and memories, this made films like ‘Manhattan’ and ‘Radio Days’ seem even more palpable. There’s one scene I can remember in ‘Annie Hall’ where it shows a flashback where the main character Alvy (played by Allen) is sat on a doctor’s bench, and he tells the doctor there’s no point in anything because the universe is expanding and some day it will just tear apart. This summarises him for me, a not so optimistic, existentialist who has the ability to make audiences laugh, cry and think all in sequence of one another. His work has evolved and matured as he has grown older but the essence of character and inside of him is still going strong, which is evident in his latest film ‘Blue Jasmine’ through the amazing performance from ‘Cate Blanchett’. We will always remember him for his sense of humour, but ultimately the way in which the audience could feel the viscosity and substance of his story-telling through incredibly visceral and hearty cinema. Most writers, directors and actors have at most a ten year period in which they are at their peak, and after this period they tend to lack the gusto, but not Woody. He’s produced 40 years of consistently entertaining work which is still going strong today, and its inevitable he still has some masterpieces left in him. Woody Allen’s new film, Blue Jasmine, is in cinemas now. Paul Haddock

ChicLifestyleMagazine | Music

Blast from the Past! Catherine Taylor reviews her all time favorite albums.

Ultimate Favourite Album

Dance Album

Chill Out Album

Marbella Sessions 2013

Emeli Sandé – Our Version of Events




Ed Sheeran – Collaborations No. 5

When I first downloaded it, it was something so new nothing like I’d heard before, now obviously it’s just typical Ed Sheeran/songwriter type music but at the time it was so exciting, could listen to it over and over again. Best song on album? Radio ft. JME

This album reminds me of... Growing up – as cliché as it sounds.

Because it’s an album full of the songs you hear on the radio or in night clubs that you love, but don’t actually know what they are or who they’re by. This album puts them all in one place. Best song on album? So Good To Me – Chris Malinchak

This album reminds me of...

She’s just got an amazing voice, almost every song gives me goose bumps! Best song on album? Maybe

This album reminds me of...

Driving long journeys in the car, always put the CD on and sing a long (very badly)

This year’s summer holiday to Turkey; my first holiday with my boyfriend and the entirety of my year at university, these were always the songs played on nights out.

Avenged Sevenfold – Hail to the King

M Artist of the Month: Mike Hughes


e’ve been speaking to local folk sensation Mike Hughes about his own genre of music, inspirations and supporting Miles Kane. Read all about it. How would you describe your sound? Apocalyptic Gospel Folk That’s quite interesting! What does that actually mean? It means songs about the end of the world or something within that realm, that sound like they’ve been recorded in a church.

So is it quite dark and morbid? I don’t think it’s really dark although some elements are. Not too dark, maybe a grey!

ost Metal music seems to me like a pause in the mind of a generation of men united by an early Judas Priest fantasy. It’s fine I suppose, but surely, remains brainless and static while music moves on around it. Now don’t get me wrong; I love System of a Down because I’m a real life human man, but it’s true to say that no revolution will be soundtracked by metal music. Explosions and cosplay maybe, but people grow up, right? We all stop worrying about how new our trainers look at some point.

So you’re supporting Miles Kane now, how did that come about? About a year ago a lad in Miles’ band saw me playing above a pub somewhere in Sheffield and said that he would like to work with us and record some of the songs, then Miles heard them and it kind of went from there really.

But I’m enjoying this UK Number One© record. Escapism and nostalgia are powerful bedfellows and if you like listening to music you already love then you’re in for a treat. Bands like Guns and Roses, Metallica and Velvet Revolver all spring to mind as you start nodding and smiling to this daft but fun record.

You’ve been around for four years, what do you think has made you stand out now? Some of the songs, which are now the singles I only wrote about two or three months ago. So I think I’ve just been kind of learning how to write better songs.

It’s a real trick of the mind, this record. How is it a new album? It sounds so old. Despite and because of that it’s genuinely charming and fun to listen to. Seriously, buy this album but make sure you budget for the hooch you’ll almost certainly crave as you listen to it on the swings.

Thanks for talking to us Mike!

Neil Hart

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ChicLifestyleMagazine | Show Reviews

Stuart: A Life Backwards

Having Not Read The Book...


aving heard very little about “Stuart: A Life Backwards” before seeing the play I went into this blind. As ‘research’ I skimmed a Guardian article on the release of the book, but that offered little insight into the intensity of the story itself. I must admit, then, that I walked into the Studio at the Crucible expecting a fairly mild story documenting the life of Stuart Shorter. Within four minutes of the play’s opening I was sucked in, though, captivated by the story of the charismatic quirky Stuart and irritatingly likeable Alexander. Fraser Ayres performance as Stuart stole the show (but I guess that was the point) and his ‘interesting’ yet touching speeches carried much of the play itself. Will Adamsdale, as Alexander, was weirdly attractive which was entertaining in itself. His depiction of a middle class writer / activist was

over-acted in places, but this didn’t matter because his seamless Queen’s English discourse was enough to detract attention from this. I found myself watching his performance in a state of mild arousal with undertones of annoyance at his Eastendersesque style of drama. The plotline meandered along (the audience laughed and gasped at regular intervals) to its climax, literally and figuratively, when we learn that Stuart was sexually abused by his brother as a child. This is depicted on stage play by play, which was disturbing to say the least. For me this could have been left out; merely stated as part of the narrative, rather than explicitly shown. However, I imagine that the opposing argument would suggest that we need to be confronted with such horrific scenes so as to fully grasp the situation. Overall the play was entertaining and heartbreaking through-out; a feat which is difficult to achieve. Charlotte Grainger

Stuart on Twitter! John Murphy @John_murphy1 Thought that Stuart A Life Backwards at @crucibletheatre was really good. Funny and sad with an extraordinary performance from Fraser Ayres Danielle Magic @muddyasblood Went to see Stuart: A Life Backwards @ Crucible Studio on Saturday. An excellent adaptation of one of my fave books of the last 10 yrs. Off The Shelf @otsfestival13 Fantastic production of Stuart, a Life Backwards @crucibletheatre last night. Outstanding acting - funny, raw & powerful. Please see it!

Having Read The Book...


tuart: A Life Backwards, a biography of sorts documenting the life of Stuart Shorter, a homeless man from Cambridge, is one of those books which you read once and it lingers. Long after you’ve finished, it invades your thoughts and makes you consider new elements that you’d never thought of before. As with anything that you really love in a particular format, I was apprehensive about seeing it adapted for the stage, I wasn’t sure how it was going to work and if they’d properly be able to capture Stuart the way that Alexander Masters did in the book. However, the second that Fraser Ayres walked on stage as Stuart, my concerns washed away. He had Stuart spot on and was instantly believable. The story, covering the events of Stuart’s life from his troubled childhood, illness, drug addiction, homelessness and tragic death, manages to be


truly funny and desperately heartbreaking in equal measure. The audience were laughing out loud and then shocked into unsettled silence within a matter of moments such was the easy control the script provided for the dark subject matter, just as the book had. The simple set, moved around by and sometimes made up of the cast themselves, was extremely effective. The focus remained on the people and not on the props around them. The intimate setting of the Crucible Studio was the perfect setting for this play with such an in depth and personal look into someone’s life. I can’t recommend this play highly enough, for those who have read the book and those who haven’t. It’s funny, touching and deeply moving. You won’t be forgetting the life of Stuart Shorter anytime soon. Laura Kay

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David John Urpeth @davidjohnurpeth Just got back from @crucibletheatre having seen Stuart - a life backwards. An excellent show.. Very funny, but poignant also. Well done all. Sian Rebecca Dudley @bigfatsian Stuart: A Life Backwards was affecting and hilarious. Fraser Ayres outstanding #kedgeree Diane El-Sherif @DELS58 @crucibletheatre Brilliant production ‘Stuart A Life Backwards’. Great cast, @ fraserayres is just phenomenal! Everyone - GO SEE! Natalia @nataliaels Just seen Stuart: A Life Backwards... Absolutely SUPERB. Touching, thoughtprovoking, perfectly acted, especially the brilliant @fraserayres

ChicLifestyleMagazine | Film Fest & Mercury Taxis App

Zero Budget Film Forget the Cannes Film Festival, move over Sundance...

Tap for a Taxi!


hanks to the arrival of digital film, high quality cameras have become more acessible than ever before, It’s never been easier to pick up a camera and create stories on little to no budget. The rules of film distribution have also changed; you can effortlessly upload your creative efforts online in a matter of seconds for all to see on a myriad of digital devices. Despite this we all know film is best experienced on the big screen, surrounded by your friends and total strangers. The Cheap Thrills Zero Budget Film Festival is an independent and free collaborative community film festival based in Sheffield and it was here for the third consecutive year last month. Once again it aims to bring the home movie experience to the big screen, encouraging young (and old) film makers to conceptualise their fictional worlds and stories and let the world see what they have to say. This year I was lucky enough to attend the event held at the Burngreave Cemetary Chapel, as I

entered through the chapel doors the audience (and filmmakers) seemed elated and excited to be there and it had a genuine community spirit to the event. The films varied from live action to animated with highlights including a martial arts spoof directed by a nine year old and a Thunderbirds homage made in a shed. Its incredible to see what Janet, Martin, Steve and Peter have acheived and their passion for film and the community clearly shines through with this event. In case you missed this one, the next event will be held in Loughborough on the 28th of September. For more information visit their website at Sam Barnett

rdering a taxi has never been so simple with the Mercury Taxis Android and iPhone Apps; simple tap for a taxi!

At the end of a long and alcohol fueled night the last thing you want to do is pick up the phone and have an incoherant chat in order to order a taxi. Luckily, now Mercury Taxis have a new way of enabling customers to order a taxi; Mercury Taxis Apps. Mercury have developed a new App which means your taxi pickup is merely a tap away (that’s got to be easier than having to mess around dialing all those pesky numbers, hasn’t it?). The App is availble in both iPhone and Android formats, meaning you literally have no excuse for not getting this App. An App of that capacity and sheer brilliance must cost an arm and a leg, you say. Well we have some rather pleasing news for your ears; the App is free, 100% free! If you’re planning a journey in advance you can prebook with the App. You can set a list of “favourite” locations (if you so wish), meaning that ordering a taxi could not be made any easier, least you had a robot butler named Henry to do your daily bidding. If you require specifics for your journey (e.g. wheelchair access to the vehicle or a five seater taxi) then you can use the App to enter all of these details. The best part of this App is the “tracking” function, which allows you to track your taxi (coming to you) once you have made a booking. Yes, that’s right, the Mercury App allows you to stalk your taxi driver right up to your very door. Don’t mind if we do. Download the Mercury Taxis App now! (You know you want to…)

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ChicLifestyleMagazine | Food & Drink

A Quickie with Sean Clarke


ith the opening of the new Moor Market in November comes a host of new stores and outlets. Luckily for beer lovers one such outlet is Beer Central, a new beer store selling everything from local ales to exotic rarities! We spoke to Sean Clarke to find out what the store has in store for us!

and ales direct from the brewers, dealing with as many micro-breweries as possible and featuring beers that are hard to get elsewhere. These beers will make up our main ‘local’ section. We’ll also be using Yorkshire wholesalers to source beers from all over the UK, Europe, North America and beyond – even a craft brewer in Hawaii!

So Beer Central is brand new, how did you get started?

When does the shop open and do you have any events lined up?

We’re (Sean Clarke & Deborah Jackson) big fans of craft beers & real ales and last winter we were in the Sheffield Tap discussing that Sheffield ought to have a city centre bottle shop. We decided to go for it... and then, along came the opportunity to apply for an outlet in the new Moor Market. All systems go since then!

Where are you sourcing your beers from? Are they local? It’s our strategy to source as many bottled beers

Our biggest event is opening day of the new Moor Market which is Mon 18th November. We’ll also have some fantastic beer gifts lined up for the Christmas shoppers! After that, we’ve hooked up with the amazing ladies of Seven Hills WI and will organise their first ever beer tasting evening in Feb 2014. Also we’re sponsoring the Foreign Bottled Beer & Cider Bar at the New York Beer Festival in Rotherham in November!

Bye Bye Sangria, Hello Hot Chocolate!


o, summer is well and truly over and ‘tis the season to get wrapped up warm and admit that your weekends revolve around Strictly and X-Factor (don’t try and deny it!)

A Quickie with James Morton


ans of The Great British Bake Off will already know and love James Morton. The very cute, Scottish runner-up from Series 3. We caught up with him at Off The Shelf Festival.

First off, the bake off; your life must have changed a lot since then...

In many ways it has but in many ways its the same because it’s not like you go on the X-Factor and you win a million pound recording contract. I’m in my 4th year of medicine but weekends and evenings are very busy doing baking, media stuff. I’ve got a book out which is going swimmingly well at the moment, I’m very happy!

Your book is going to be competing with Paul Hollywood’s ‘Bread’... Is he actually scary? No! He’s a cuddly bear; he just kind of has to put that on for the Simon Cowell-esque thing. Up until last week I was behind him in the charts but now we’re jostling for number one best-seller in bread so that’s very exciting.

Are you watching GBBO? Who’s your favourite?

Difficult question because I would have not hesitated to say Glenn until last week and now I know them and they’re all lovely. Howard’s very nice... he’s from Sheffield.

Yes, Sheffield Howard! So are you going to keep baking alongside medicine or as your profession?

No, I’m going to do medicine. I may have to take some time out, it depends what kind of television work happens but I’m not sure if I want to do that, so it’s all very up in the air. Baking and the media are fickle and it’s a very risky place to put yourself whereas I’m a very risk averse person.

If you could only bake one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Well it would have to be some sort of bread... it needs to be something savoury and it would need to be something that gave you a rounded balanced meal. Pizza! James’ Book ‘Brilliant Bread’ is out now!


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I love the changing of the seasons and Autumn is definitely my favourite time of year – hot chocolate, log fires, long walks and roast dinners – how could the warmer months ever compete? The best thing about us now serving food at Fancie is that we can work with our suppliers, and use in season produce at their absolute best. Think chunky soups, big bowls of pasta and a menu full of slow cooked comfort food to warm you up from the inside. There have been a lot of changes at Fancie over the last few years and we will continue to evolve as our customers tastes change, but one thing that will remain a constant is quality and a passion for the best food – be that cake, a fine dining tasting menu or our mid week Supperclub, you are guaranteed great food cooked by our team of wonder chefs led by John Parsons (formerly of Kitchen, Ecclesall Rd) great service and of course, great cake! I am massively proud of what I have achieved with Fancie and have some very exciting plans for the future. I look forward to sharing them with you as they develop! Come and see us soon! Amanda Perry

ChicLifestyleMagazine | Food & Drink

Fancie Food at Night

Delicious Chilli


ancie, over the past few years has become a Sheffield institution. Famous for its cupcakes and other sweet treats, the brand has expanded with the opening of its Ecclesall Road restaurant which has a nightly Supper Club menu and offers regular themed food nights thanks to the expertise of their brilliant chefs. I’ve been desperate to attend one of these food nights as I’m sure that anyone who follows Fancie on Instagram would be. Food night themes are brilliantly diverse; past nights have included Fish and Seafood, Curry, Mexican Street Food and Fine Dining among many others. Tonight, we’re attending Tex Mex night, and having already basically memorised the seven course menu, it’s safe to say we’re excited. The restaurant itself is lovely with a vintage, homemade feel. It’s BYO and on food night it’s free corkage, which is an excellent excuse for a couple of glasses of wine on a week night! The food is delicious and in perfect size portions to allow you to fit in seven of them! Personal highlights included Turkey and Ham Pie with Sweet Potato Mash and Smoked

Coca Cola Ribs with Hickory Smoked Grits, which sounds very unusual and tastes absolutely amazing. Everything is cooked perfectly and is testament to the incredible skill of the Fancie chefs. My favourite part of the meal (as always) was pudding and it being Fancie, specialists in all things naughty and nice, my expectations were high! They were more than met with Peach Cobbler and Vanilla Ice Cream which was the perfect mixture of spicy and sweet and basically completely delicious.

Smoked Coca Cola Ribs

The fantastic staff and the warm, friendly atmosphere is what makes the night and I couldn’t recommend it more for an exciting, different dining experience and a brilliant way to try food you’ve never had before. Fancie have shown that they are so much more than cupcakes, but if you can possibly manage then you can buy one from the in house bakery for the way home. Not that I’m admitting to doing that of course, but how could you resist? Laura Kay

Chicken and Ham Pie

Shakespeares Whisky Files Let’s learn about whisky!


ur man, Chris Bamford, is back to hit us with some more whisky knowledge. This month we will be taken, in the steady hands of Chris, through his top picks of this month. Whether you are (or, at least, consider yourself) something of a whisky expert or a self-confessed novice let’s now take a brief moment to learn something we didn’t before. The first whiskey this month is the Larbrot and Graham Woodford Reserve, made in my favourite chicken frying state, Kentucky. This whiskey is a bourbon because it is over 51% corn (it is, in fact, 73% corn), it is made in Kentucky and it has been aged in new charred oak barrels. This one tastes of honey spice, leather (yum!), cocoa, vanilla and cream. Interestingly each bottle of this whiskey has its own bottle number. This whiskey is made in the oldest currently working distillery in Kentucky, which opened its doors in 1865. Larbrot and Graham Woodford Reserve comes in at 43.2% ABV and wil cost you £2.80 for a single at Shakespeares. The next whisky is the Longmorn 18 Year Old from single malts of Scotland range. This whisky is particularly special, since the bottle at Shakespeares is one of only 282 bottles in the entire world. The flavours boast ‘nutty, apple-y, clove and cinnamon’

tones. This is a classic Speyside single malt whisky. “Because it’s a bit older it’s a smooth whisky, but it’s a bit more complex than your standard.” says Chris. The Longmorn Distillery is named after a missionary who brought Christianity to the Speyside area way back in 600AD. This one is not for the weaklings out there, coming in at 51.4% ABV and will cost you the small price of £3.80! The final whisky this month is a familiar looking bottle that you may have seen gracing many-a-bar. Highland Park is a standard whisky in every sense of the word. Michael Jackson (no, not THE Michael Jackson, but also dead), the esteemed whisky writer, called this “The greatest all-rounder”; a dram for any time of the day. Chris says “It’s one that I do recommend quite a lot for people to try.” The taste is slightly peaty, though honeyed since it is aged in bourbon casks. This is a 12 year old, which is quite normal for a whisky. Coming in at 40% ABV, this can be drunk by pretty much anyone and costs just £2.80 for a single. That’s all folks!

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ChicLifestyleMagazine | Beauty

Microdermabrasion at Beauty Care

Eye Do That?

Five tips to avoid the biggest faux pas in eye make up One Colour Doesn’t Suit All

Most people don’t have access to the extensive pallet that makeup artists use, but we recommend using to to three colours when applying eye shadow. Try to create a style that shows a light to dark transition towards your lashes, to give your eyes more prominence. When choosing your eye shadow pallet, take into consideration your personal ‘facial pallet’. What will suit your eye colour and skin tone? If in doubt, go for neutral colours.

Drawing the Line


efore getting this treatment, I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive. The word ‘Microdermabrasion’ is a bit scary in itself and I had no idea what to expect. However, as soon as I walked into Beauty Care and salon owner Helen’s capable hands, all my concerns melted away. Beauty Care has recently acquired the latest Crystal Clear machine which is used to carry out the treatment which, it turns out, works by exfoliating the outer layers of the skin with special crystals. You can have it on your face or body and it works to fight against lines, wrinkles, ageing skin as well as more serious conditions such as scars, stretch marks or pigmentation. You can have the treatment as part of a course or as a one off treat, depending on the needs of your skin.

soft and clean. I cannot recommend this treatment highly enough, the staff at Beauty Care were fantastic and really made sure I knew how to look after my newly exfoliated skin. Treatment costs £45 for 1 hour. Beauty Care 368 Sharrow Vale Road Hunters Bar Sheffield S11 8ZP

I lay down on the treatment table under a cosy blanket whilst Helen removed my make up and explained that she would be using a little wand to move the crystals over my skin. I can only describe the way this felt as gentle sandpapering by a tiny hoover. This doesn’t sound particularly pleasant but it actually was and the whole treatment was very relaxing, especially at the end when I was left with a lovely face mask on in a dark room with relaxing music. I could easily have fallen asleep. The results were seriously impressive, my skin felt soft and it was weirdly satisfying to see the colour of the crystals after the treatment from the impurities from my skin. It’s been a few days now since I had the Microdermabrasion and my skin feels just as


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There’s a fine line between using eyeliner as an enhancer or as part of a racoon costume. The main point here is: don’t overdo it. If you’re used to eyeliner woes yet still want to make your eyes pop, an easy solution is applying the eye liner to the upper rim of your lid. This process will intensify your lash line, making your eyelashes appear to have more volume. It’s best to do this by lifting up your lid and looking down into a mirror.

Stain Solution - Blending

Ever found excess product on your lids? When applying a thick eyeshadow a likely result is that it may smudge on to your lids when you blink. The way to avoid this is to always blend your eyeshadow. This will ensure that the makeup will stay put and generally, look neat; as well as avoiding the ‘borderline’ effect where the difference between two shades is unprofessionally obvious!

Location, Location

Ensure you consider the areas around your eyes; a perfect eye- popping look can be ruined when surrounded by dark circles. Experiment (preferably at home) with the folk lore of eye makeup and see what works for you. Unusual tips that work include using lilac concealer for specifically under your eyes as this covers dark circles. Once applied the green will counteracts with the red, resulting in less obvious blemishes – apply your normal foundation over this for a pristine look. Amy Catling

ChicLifestyleMagazine | Beauty

Shellac-ed & Tinted to Perfection!


t takes seven seconds to make a permanent first impression, so they say. Within my first seven seconds through the door of Ruby’s Nails and Beauty I’d been greeted with a warm smile from the owner, Clare Taylor, herself and seated in a comfortable window seat. Two customers were having their nails preened, whilst chatting away to the friendly nail technicians (erm...artists? masters?). It seemed that Ruby’s offered more than mere beauty treatments, Ruby’s offered a complimentary counselling service with every treatment sold. It has been 18 months since Ruby’s opened its doors the salon already has a number of regulars. The salon, which is named after Clare’s great grandmother, offers a range of services including spray tanning, manicures and waxing, and has built up quite a clientèle doing so. I had the pleasure of sampling a Luxury Shellac Manicure and an Eyelash Tint. Once seated I was confronted with an array of colour samples to pick from. “Indecisive” doesn’t even cover my reaction to this, but I finally opted for Wild Fire, a bright eye-catching red. Whilst my hands were massaged in ways I didn’t know possible, Clare took me through the salon’s history. Clare herself has had a number of roles, most recently, before she took on Ruby’s, she worked as a Manager for Virgin Media. However, Clare’s passion has always been beauty, this is what she first studied and something she was, inevitably, always going to return to. After having walked past

the shop a number of times, back when it was a shoe shop, Clare decided to go for it. “I just bit the bullet and did it and it paid off.”says Clare. Next my nails were fully cleaned and shaped, before the Shellac was applied. A regular sat next to me chatting about her day, the weather and her bad time keeping. After what seemed like a million hand switches from UV light to manicure table, my nails were done, though a little tacky to touch. This was quickly resolved by a quick wipe of alcohol and my nails were instantly dry and instantly Instagrammed to everyone I ever met. With my hands finished I was whisked into a luxury treatment room, where I lay down to have my eyelashes tinted. The process was quick and easy; two minutes with my eyes closed and a tint applied and I could really notice the difference. My eyelashes immediately looked longer and more defined. I left the salon feeling my at my ultimate best, just what I needed on a lazy Tuesday afternoon. I would highly recommend Ruby’s, not only for their affordable prices and luxurious treatments, but also for their friendly and approachable manner which was second to none! Ruby’s Nails and Beauty 16 Campo Lane Sheffield S1 2EF 0114 272 0173

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Full hand soak followed by a hand and arm massage.


Deep clean of nails and full nail shape.


Cuticles pushed back to expose nail and excess clipped away.

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First layer of Shellac Nail Polish applied. Nails held under UV light for another 30 seconds.


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Shellac Nails Top Coat applied.


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ChicLifestyleMagazine | Chic Fashion

Chic Fashion

This Season We’re Going Plastic! The University of Sheffield, London College of Fashion and Bill Amberg Studio collaborate to bring Sheffield a unique ‘Plastic is Precious’ exhibit.

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ow the shorts and t-shirts are no longer suitable attire for the weather and the football season is in full swing, it makes clear sense to look to the Barclays Premier League for some style inspiration; and I don’t mean the player, but look a little further to the side lines, especially the side line at West London, Stamford Bridge, home to Chelsea FC, to the newly returned ‘special one’ Jose Mourinho.


hen someone says those two words “plastic” and “bag” together what do you think? Very little I imagine. You may have a plastic bag drawyer at home (come on, we all have one), but doubtless that is as far as your relationship with the beloved item has gone. That’s okay, because now is your chance to confirm the relationship status by attending the new “Plastic is Precious” exhibit at Meadowhall between 13th October and 4th November. Science will meet fashion with this thoughtprovoking exclusive exhibition exploring the future of the humble plastic bag, it will be on display as part of ‘Objects of Truth’ - a collaborative project between the University of Sheffield, the London College of Fashion and the world-renowned Bill Amberg Design Studio. So can you make plastic fashionable? The exhibit has certainly given it a good go, boasting a range of ‘alternative’ style plastic bags. The unique new design bags, which can be seen at the exhibit, were designed by Bill Amberg, designer of choice for celebs such as Jude law, Tom Cruise and Uma Thurman. “l chose to add leather handles to the bag as it has an intrinsic sensual quality that we are all familiar with. I wanted to juxtapose this luxurious material with the humble plastic carrier bag to provoke some thought about what, how and why we use our bags. Leather will provide the lasting and timeless quality we all too soon forget with a disposable bag.” said Bill, whose aim during the exhibit has been to bring sustainability to high fashion in this weird and wonderful collaboration. Even the uni is getting involved, the exhibition will also host a plastic bag amnesty, managed by students from the University of Sheffield encouraging shoppers to exchange their current plastic bags for one similar to the carrier bags


exhibited as part of Bill Amberg’s design. These bags, printed with slogans to remind shoppers that plastic is precious, will breakdown under UV light, eliminating issues and concerns of the future. It is hoped that shoppers will be inspired to customise their bags, potentially starting a wave of new thinking and new fashion surrounding plastic bags. “By sharing the science behind the materials we use in every day life we hope to encourage and support those who wish to live more sustainable lives. There are no easy answers to living green, but by changing our behaviours in small ways we can make a big difference to our environment. We hope that this exhibition will provoke shoppers to think about their consumption of plastic bags today and in the future.” says Professor Helen Storey, of London College of Fashion. You may be wondering why the words “sustainibility” and “plastic” are in the same sentences here. Well we were too, but according to a Professor Tony Ryan from the University of Sheffield plastic bags aren’t all bad! “In recent years society has been bombarded with negative messages surrounding the use of plastic bags. Scientifically speaking however plastic bags are more eco-friendly than many popular eco-bags available to the public, especially if the plastic bag is reused prior to its disposal.” he said. So this season why not switch your dirty looking eco-bag for a sustainable and, more importantly, fashionable plastic bag? We know we’re going to! Richard Pinfold, Marketing Director at Meadowhall commented: “We’re delighted to play host to this pioneering exhibition and hope it will encourage shoppers to think about their plastic bags as a fashion commodity. The message is to re-use bags as many times as you can.”

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Ten years ago, you would see football managers wearing worn out tracksuit straight out of the dressing room, whilst Jose would stand out of the crowd in his fitted suit and Armani over coat, but now most managers throughout the football leagues prefer a smart suit over sports wear. One of the most important items in a man’s wardrobe, Jose believes, is a white shirt, suitable for any occasion, smart and sophisticated without looking to exclusive. Sooner or later, you will need a white shirt. And how does a man, as smart and refined as the Portuguese Chelsea boss accessorise his sharp look? The answer is, very simply. To Jose a watch is the only jewellery a man should wear and a man should have the choice of a few nice watches rather than necklaces, bracelets or rings. Get yourself the perfect time piece from Jose’s chosen brand, deLaCour, Genève. And men, fear not, Jose makes it okay to be grey. When Jose first came to the UK for his first stint at Chelsea in 2004 he was the attractive mix of salt and pepper, now almost ten years later he makes a perfect archetype for the silver fox. Catherine Taylor

ChicLifestyleMagazine | Chic Fashion

Slogan T-Shirts: Ever Acceptable?


here appears to be a constant stream of incidents reported in the press of slogan t-shirts being banned from sale for being offensive to women, people of all possible races, children, animals; basically anything you can offend, there is a slogan for it emblazoned on a cheap Fruits of the Loom t-shirt and flogged for £20 somewhere on the web. It’s pretty obvious that it’s not cool to wear a t-shirt saying (and these are the most mild, magazine appropriate examples) ‘Nice New Girlfriend, What Breed Is She?’ or ‘You Were Better Looking from Behind’, yes seriously, people literally buy these. But the bigger question is, are slogan T-shirts ever really cool at all? I am struggling to think of an example of a slogan T-shirt which completes an outfit, which says something genuinely funny on the front or doesn’t make the wearer look like he is desperately clueless about fashion, humour and life itself. There are the odd exceptions which seem slightly more socially acceptable; t-shirts with catchphrases from cult

TV shows such as Arrested Development, Parks and Recreation or 30 Rock can look cute and a bit eclectic. One of these teamed with skinny jeans and massive geek glasses can complete your hipster look, depending on just how pretentious you like your fashion to be. So the rule of thumb with slogan t-shirts is basically don’t offend anyone and don’t make anyone sad with pathetic slogans like ‘Keep Calm and have a Pint’ (the re-appropriation of ‘Keep Calm’ is a several thousand word rant for another time). If you have a favourite TV show or band and the t-shirt is fairly subtle and the rest of your style is already pretty cool then you can probably pull it off. Whatever you do and however funny your mates may think it is, it is never OK to wear an offensive t-shirt. You think that all the women in the bar are going to think you’re a hilarious cheeky chappy? They’re going to think you’re the worst. Seriously, the worst. Laura Kay

Tantalising Tartan


hroughout the summer, ‘90s dungarees, tie-dye prints and crop tops worked their way into our wardrobes, but now it’s time to revive the Beverly Hills high school style we adored in the 1995 Paramount picture Clueless. Remember Clueless? Plaid skirts, slip dresses and the bright tartan prints? Well in this years autumn/winter collections Tartan is a must have. Mulberry, Saint Laurent and Versace have all featured the traditional checked prints in their runway shows and high street stores such as Topshop and ASOS are also championing the ‘90s fashion trend. But tartan has now grown up from its school days and now can be worn as a quirky yet sophisticated dose of vintage attire, but in true Clueless fashion, you don’t have to keep your plaid outfit traditional black and red. Layer up tartan with this pastel skirt (£65) and vest (£70) from Topshop to create your own, up to date, 90s nostalgia look. Glamour Magazine’s deputy editor, Charlotte Duck, asserts ‘every girl has something tartan in her wardrobe’ and if you don’t then this autumn season is the best time to invest, even if it something as simple as this Barbour Lifestyle Twill Weave Scarf, £39.95. The beautiful thing about the British check is that it can match up to any personal style; from the Vivienne Westwood-esque punk approach or the classy, sophisticated looked that mirrors the prim and pretty. It isn’t just the women donning this autumn’s trend, Thom Browne, Burberry Prorsum and Chanel also sent their men down the runway in the Scottish fabric. Catherine Taylor

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ChicLifestyleMagazine | Psychology

Sexting: Why Do We Reveal So Much?


exting, up until recently was not even a word let alone a cultural phenomenon yet it is becoming increasingly common especially now that everybody has a smart phone and access to picture messaging, apps such as Snapchat and are constantly glued to Twitter and Facebook. Sexting is still viewed with social stigma, as something which is the height of stupidity but is somewhat more acceptable if it’s kept private; the stigma is only attached once it enters the public domain. Studies show that this has led to people who sext considering it as just harmless fun whereas those who don’t, tend to view it as dangerous, having only experienced it negatively via depictions in the media. Studies show that 80% of undergraduates have received sexts, whilst 67% admit to having sent them, 46% of these being picture messages, so what makes people to do it? Examples from high profile celebrities and politicians having their private photos and messages splashed all over magazines and the internet have shown that there are huge social risks to this behaviour with leaking leading to social humiliation and alienation. But research

suggests that instead of deterring people from sexting, it actually drives them to do it. Positive expectations of sexting outweigh thinking about the possible socially disastrous consequences in favour of feeling a rush of exhilaration, partly from doing something with social danger attached to it. Studies show that this is the same process linked to the reasons behind excessive alcohol and drug use as well as gambling. There are endless ‘how to’ guides about sexting online and in magazines, all of which treat it as a bit of fun, with lots of tips on how to successfully keep it private, which is in huge contrast to the current trend of sharing as much as possible via social media. But this is part of the reason, according to researchers, why sexting has become so common. The threshold for embarrassment has increased because of people’s constant online presence. They are used to revealing a lot about themselves to a large, anonymous audience that revealing a lot (quite literally) to just one person privately seems less intimidating. Remember, however chilled out you are about sexting, to make sure it stays between the two of you, when the consequences actually happen, they’re almost definitely not worth that adrenaline rush! Laura Kay

Why Love Hurts, Literally


hile many of us can agree that love hurts, we don’t tend to mean it in the literal sense. However, recent studies have shown that “heartbreak” might not just be a figure of speech. Psychologists have discovered a link between the social pain we feel caused by a breakup and physical pain. In an experiment, participants had to complete various tasks, some social and some physical, whilst inside a brain imaging machine. The psychologists found that the tasks which involved withstanding pain (in this case, a hot stimulation on their forearm) and those involving social pain (looking at pictures of an ex) sparked the same neural responses in the brain. They also shared the same sensory regions: suggesting a clear link between the two types of pain.

Wine = Happiness

A wine a day makes Betty a happy girl


ere’s an excuse to drink, if ever we needed one, a recent study has found that people who drink wine in moderation are in a lower risk category when it comes to developing depression. Well, that’s good enough for us! Crack open a bottle of red! The charicature of a depressed man (I’m thinking Bernard Black, here) weeping into an overflowing glass of merlot may be the opposite of wine drinkers in reality. Whilst previous studies have suggested


that the increase in alcohol consumption globally (yeah, you know who you are…) is related to higher percentages of people suffering with mental health problems, this study contrarily suggests a link between drinking wine and low risks of depression. The study followed 5,500 light-to-moderate wine drinkers for a period of up to seven years and, thankfully for us, he results showed that those who drank two to seven small glasses of wine per week (no, not all in one night) were the least depressed over that period. Well, that’s good enough for us; pour me another one! Charlotte Grainger

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This isn’t the first suggestion of a link between a broken heart and the real pain it can cause. In 2012, Majorie and James Landis, who had been married 65 years, died only 88 minutes apart. A group of doctors at Johns Hopkins University had previously reported a rare but lethal heart condition caused by acute emotional distress, otherwise known as “broken heart syndrome.” On the other hand, studies have found that the presence of a partner can help relieve physical pain: it appears love can heal as well as hurt. Lucy Robertson

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ChicLifestyleMagazine | The Debate

Is Beauty Really In The Eye Of The Beholder? Do you feel pretty? Oh so pretty? Do you feel pretty and witty and bright? Do you let others dictate how attractive you feel? Do you prescribe to the notion that beauty is in the eye of the beholder? Or do you believe there is one ultimate image of beauty that is the aim for all mankind? Chic Lifestyle Magazine discusses.


Against “We need to learn to feel beautiful outside of the eye of the beholder.”


hysical beauty may be defined as taste. Just in the same way that a person could prefer documentary films to action, (usually) without any retaliation or accusations of being judgemental, it is widely known that differing attraction to an individual can be categorised as evidence that people have their own opinions. This would suggest evidence for the above statement – if beauty was only measured physically. The moral component of beauty surely exists. The Kardashian clan are seen as physically attractive yet their reality stardom is often a repulsive feature. Even outside of the physical perceptions, the personal life of Amy Winehouse was unappreciated despite the popularity of her music. A shared opinion seems to exist where substance owns the majority of steps in the race to beauty; and the concept of being ‘good’ yet ‘interesting’ is what we aim for. There is also the issue of the beholder themselves – who judges their beauty? Are we subject only to the views of others to truly have that feeling of beauty? Logically speaking, we do feel more positive about ourselves when someone calls us beautiful; this isn’t necessarily due to the wise words of our judge, but the act of accepting that idea in our own minds. The feeling of being beautiful is one we can only give to ourselves. Although this proverb has an element to allow our own diverse views to exist, it also suggests that other people have the right to judge others by taking on the beholder role. Substance is held in higher esteem than physical attributes and more widely sought after. Without the ambition of substance we would not aim to be the perfect version of ourselves, and truly feel beautiful against the ideas of any outside ‘beholders’. Amy Catling

“What is perceived as beautiful changes with time, but we can all feel beautiful if we are take on the role of the beholder ourselves.”


his statement is ambiguous. Whilst it could be seen to give a lot of power to the ‘beholder’ and their judgemental eyes, it is much more likely to mean that beauty is subjective. Although sometimes it might feel like there is one supermodel ideal that we all need to aim for, actually, regardless of what you do, wear or look like your ‘beauty’ inside and out will always be judged differently by other people. Even though you are only projecting one image outwardly it will be received in a new way by every individual you encounter. Beauty is perceived uniquely by everybody and is therefore, in the eye of the beholder. I love this saying, the positivity of thinking that although you may not feel attractive compared to the unattainable images plastered all over magazines, to those who meet you, get to know you and care about you, you are beautiful. Or even that every day, you are the beholder of your own appearance and that having a positive attitude and positive influences can make you judge yourself kindly and see beauty instead of imperfections. I think that more than anything, your own eyes are the ‘beholder’ and in this way, it’s true because there is no beautiful or ugly, there are only perceptions of beauty which are all down to the individual. The definition of beauty is fluid and constantly changing, it’s entirely different now to what it was ten years ago, and even more so than what it was a hundred years ago and what it will be in a hundred years time. ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ including yourself and therefore striving to look like anyone else or a certain, fashionable, out of the mould way isn’t the way to achieve perfection, because it is always unique. Laura Kay

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Men’s beauty has always been a secondary topic to womens and has always been met with slight derision. Recently, however there has been a bit of a man make up revival with perhaps the most famous face of it being teen idol (and adult’s secret idol) Harry Styles openly wearing eyeliner and lipstick on the red carpet, and quite frankly looking good in it. Male grooming is definitely on the rise with facials, man-icures (get it?) and boyzilians (sorry) all becoming more commonplace so why is there still the stigma attached to a boy getting beauty treatments? Maybe it’s disappearing. Beauticians are reporting record high numbers of male clients and the male beauty industry is reportedly valued at £600 million. Gucci’s Tom Ford is launching a new all male cosmetic range, this surely means it’s only a matter of time before there’s a copycat high street range in Topman. Bring on the male beauty revolution, it’s about time men faced the same appearance related dilemmas as women; the pain and extreme planning of waxing, stupidly expensive manicures and a silly amount of make up propaganda to wade through until you find something that just makes your face looks nice. Which is basically what we all want, isn’t it?

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ChicAsianLifestyle | Motoring

Tim Tests It: Bling vs Budget By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist

Tim’s Top Tips For Buying A New Car


uying the latest 63 plate means you’ll get a manufacturer-backed warranty; you won’t have to face an MOT test for three years and you might be able to gain from special offers on servicing packages. On the other hand, there are downsides to steer clear of. Concealed extras can bring unpleasant surprises, and speedy depreciation means that an up-to-the-minute motor comes at a price. Here are my top tips if you’re getting in the mood for a brand new car purchase:

Budget with care:

• Aim to keep a new vehicle for at least three years to smooth out the cost of rapid early depreciation • Make sure your budget includes insurance and road tax • If you need to borrow cash, shop around for a loan before visiting the dealer. It’ll be cheaper than a finance package.

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he Duster is so basic that my wife took five minutes to figure out how to open the tailgate. She then remembered how cars used to work years ago – and she pressed the button you stick the key in – and voilà, the boot opened. That says a lot about what the Dacia brand is all about. It strips away all the frills we have become used to on our motors. The Duster certainly doesn’t cosset you or pretend it’s anything other than a crude four-wheel-drive Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). Step inside and you feel like you’re sitting in something from the late 80s. The Renault owned Romanian automaker obviously loves plastic. There’s so much of the stuff that the cabin reeks of it. The dashboard is just one big slab of synthetic material, with all the appeal of that long forgotten Tupperware box in the back of your mum’s cupboard. But the boot, once you’ve worked out how to get into it, is surprisingly square and spacious. As you might expect with all-wheel-drive, roadholding is impressive. You have the option to twist a dial in the cabin to turn four-wheel-drive on or off –so you have plenty of control over when you want to engage all four corners. I didn’t venture off the tarmac, but given the ride height of the Duster and the impressive grip in normal circumstances, I reckon this bit of Romanian rough will see you through a British winter or over a rutted field. The Dacia may come without any icing on the cake, but the Access model, on test here, is Britain’s most affordable new SUV. It starts at £8,995 for the two wheel drive model, and my 4x4 version will only set you back £10,995. DACIA DUSTER - FAST FACTS • Max speed: 99 mph • 0-62 mph: 12.8 secs • Combined mpg: 35.3 • Engine 1598 cc, 4 cylinders, 16 valve, petrol • Max. power (bhp): 105 at 5750 rpm • Max. torque (Ib/ft): 109 at 3750 rpm • CO2: 185 g/km • Price: £10,995

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If you’re part–exchanging, price your car sensibly:

• Get clued up about your car’s value, based on its age, condition and mileage • Concentrate on the ‘cost to change’ – if you negotiate a good reduction on a new vehicle, you’re unlikely to get a generous trade–in for your old motor • You should be able to get more for the car by selling privately but that can be time-consuming compared with the ease of driving to the dealer and motoring away in the new one. • Be wary of minimum trade–in promotions. They might look desirable, but may only be obtainable if you take the dealer’s finance package.


• Many car dealers will have allowed for bartering in agreeing a price • Remember your budget though – don’t get carried away.

Agree collection or delivery:

• Don’t hand over cash until you’re satisfied with the collection or delivery arrangements • Try to plan the handover of the new car when the dealer’s not too busy. They can then put aside enough time to help get you acquainted with controls and any set-up required.

Familiarise yourself with the warranty conditions before you sign:

• You may need to fork-out for regular checks done to ensure the long-term anti-corrosion warranty remains valid • Automakers can’t insist that you get the car serviced by a franchise dealer during the warranty period but you must still get it serviced according to the manufacturer’s recommended schedule and criteria using only manufacturer approved parts. You’ll have to keep records so you can demonstrate servicing was undertaken properly • It’s worth bearing in mind that if anything goes wrong after the warranty expires, a manufacturer is more likely to show goodwill towards any claim if the car has been serviced by one of their dealers • Don’t be coerced into buying. Walk away if you’re not absolutely happy.




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ChicAsianLifestyle | Shining Hope Foundation

The Shining Hope Foundation


arie Sant-Arnoult, Co-Founder of The Shining Hope Foundation, is gushing about ‘altruistic love’ and helping others for absolutely no return. This is exactly what you would expect from a woman who, along with her family, has devoted her efforts and finances to supporting community projects across India. The Shining Hope Foundation is a UK registered charity which helps supports a range of community aid projects throughout India. “It started three years ago. My family supported many different humanitarian projects for over ten years.” says Marie. They wanted to set up their own foundation in order to better focus the work they’d already started independently. Shining Hope is a grant making organisation which chooses projects across the world to fund which strive to safeguard local wildlife, natural resources and human populations. The projects must encompass the values of Shining Hope which are compassion, sustainability and transparency. The foundation chooses one project at a time, providing funds over a period of three years to ensure that the project gets the most out of the funding and maintains its sustainability. The foundation is doing fantastic work with existing local projects and ensuring they are getting the funding they deserve.

iPrayer Mat

A quick chat with the inventor of the iPrayer Mat


ade in Sheffield, the Islamic iPrayer Mat is a new gadget which teaches children how to perform prayers. This new and interactive product is a great way to introduce religion to children in a modern and interesting way. Asian Chic Lifestyle caught up with inventor, Munif Zia, to find out more.

How did you come up with the initial concept for the prayer mat? I am Director of Mathematics and Numeracy for a Secondary School in Sheffield. I came up with the concept in order to engage children and new Muslims to learn and perform Salah (prayers).

How does it work?

It works by having a touch screen electronic device integrated within a Turkish Prayer Rug. You select the prayer you would like to perform and then the contents of that particular prayer are recited and you listen, recite and perform the prayer.

What makes it unique?

It’s the world’s first electronics prayer learning device. All completely non-profit and manufactured in Sheffield.

Where can we get one?

All information on the Islamic iPrayer and purchasing one can be found on our website. ChicAsianLifestyle | | Issue18

ChicAsianLifestyle | Travel: Nice

Travel to Nice A beautiful city in the South of France


ice acts as a hub to experience the south of France. Explore the classic French architecture that is spread city-wide, making this a beautiful and elegant place to visit. Although year round the temperature stays pleasant at around 28C+ in the high summer and 14C+ in the mid-winter, the city also experiences rainfall during the autumn. The best time to visit would be in the spring during April/May, to maintain the warmest temperatures yet avoid the expensive summer rates. Plan your dates well and you may catch the annual Carnaval de Nice.

Hotel Roosevelt


hilst on holiday you will need some luxury, so look no further than Hotel Roosevelt. Watch the city streets unfold before your balcony at this prized location hotel. Roosevelt stands above a boutique filled shopping street as well as being only a 5 minute walk away from the seafront and the train station. Prices start from €88/76 for a double room.

Restaurant Luna Rossa


njoy Italian cuisine on the side-street terrace. Luna Rossa is a chic bistro, boasting a great atmosphere, serving your Mediterranean meal ideals. If you want to try the authentic taste of the Mediterranean, whilst in France, then this is the place to go. Of course, you could always try some French food as well! (When in France...)

Bar Jam


ou won’t find any strawberry jam here. No this is a premier city bar that offers live ‘themed’ music nights throughout the week. The early evening (17.00- 20.00) presents acoustic ambience to chill out to. After this however the real fun starts, with nights from Funk, Jazz and ‘Jam’ music to improvised comedy. Go on, have a laugh (and a drink or five).

Nice Cycle Tours


iscover Nice on this eco-friendly tour of the city. This combines exercise and learning about the local history and culture with your tour guide. The tour runs in small groups, in the morning and afternoon every day. Prices are €30/26 per person including the cycle hire, safety equipment and a water bottle.


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ChicAsianLifestyle | Travel: London

British Break: London The capital of our country is renowned for being bustling, vibrant and culturally-rich. London, home to more than 8 million inhabitants, is a place which often gets overlooked when UK residents are choosing their holiday destinations. Filled with many hotels, attractions, bars and restaurants, London should be high on the places to visit this summer.

The Hoxton Shoreditch Hotel


ith the money you save from not having to book flights to go somewhere abroad, you can afford to splash on the finer things in life such as your accommodation. Pricing from as little as £59 on, the Hoxton offers innovative rooms inspired by the ‘urban experience’ that you would get from the surrounding area. Each room is designed to be a mixture of different cultures and styles but manages to flow coherently with furniture, art and lighting all sourced within a 3 minute walk from the hotel. It is a cheaper alternative to the Connaught but it is equally as luxurious and you won’t find a nicer place for the price.

Crazy Bear


n a street close to numerous cocktail bars, Crazy Bear stands out from the crowd due to its perfectly groomed hostesses who greet customers on arrival by leading them to a basement-located haven. With a bustling atmosphere and an eclectic mix of innovative cocktails, the vibrant bar justifies charging such steep prices. A few cocktails worth the money would be the Baby Bear, a mix of 42 below vodka, raspberries, watermelon and framboise (raspberry liqueur) syrup, the Green Tea Daiquiri, a combination of rum, green tea, lime juice and maple syrup, and the lychee mojito which is bound to be good.



lthough living in Sheffield has its positive traits, one thing that is lacking is cuisines from around the world that are specific to a certain region in a country. Fortunately, London is bursting at the seams with these types of niche restaurants and one which is rated highly by the trusted site Trip Advisor ( is Bar-shu, a Szechuan restaurant which is known for its fiery spiciness and lip-tingling flavours. With interior that is very classy and exquisitely presented food, this south western Chinese restaurant is definitely one to look out for if you’re in the Soho area of London.

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Fusco Browne: For the good of the public If you’re in need of immigration advice you can trust in the Immigration Service with a heart. If you are attempting to migrate to the UK then chances are you have problems enough already. The last thing you need in this situation is more things to worr y about. Dealing with the tricky sides of immigration law is something of a nightmare. That is where an immigration expert comes in, to help relieve your stress. We spoke to Margaret, Immigration Expert, at Fusco Browne. In 1988 Margaret came from Zimbabwe to Lancaster where she attended Lancaster University and lived with her family for over twenty years. After graduating she was offered a position at the Racial Equality Council within immigration. Here she not only perfected her valuable skill set within immigration law, but also found a love of charity and helping people. “Once I’d worked in a charity it was really difficult to move away from that. You really put your heart into it.” explains

Margaret, who came to manage an office for the Immigration Advisor y Services in Sheffield shortly after her stint at the Racial Equality Council. It was after this, and with a wealth of experience, that Margaret decided to open her own business, so that she might share her knowledge with people who so desperately need it. Within her own business Margaret has incorporated her charitable background. She explains that Fusco Browne offer a free advice service be that face to face, over the phone or via email. This allows the people who need help to access it without having to worr y about the financial obligations. The charitable spirit with Fusco Browne runs deeper than mere free advice. Most recently Margaret has put together a team of legal volunteers who will help the most needly asylum seekers, who cannot afford to pay for legal aid, by offering pro bono legal aid. Margaret speaks with passion about this, glowing with excitement.

Fusco Browne will soon be expanding. Margaret is currently in the process of opening an office in Pakistan. “Our focus is on students and on work visas. We are working with a company that deals with student placements and we work with universities.” Finding an expert who you feel at ease with and able to confide will ensure that the entire immigration application process is as painless as possible. The company has a multitude of languages under their belt, including Urdu and Shona, meaning that they can communicate with clients who cannot speak English well. The experts at Fusco Browne will take you through the steps and give you a helping hand when it comes to legal advice, no matter how stressful your current situation may be.

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ChicAsianLifestyle | Living

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As autumn draws itself closely around us like a snug glove, the weather gets colder and the nights get darker create your home into a bright, warm retreat away from the winter as it looms in. JTS interiors on St Mary’s Street, Penistone, offers luxurious, traditional interiors fit for the modern world, showcasing custom made furniture and bespoke furnishings that can make your home cosy and colourful in the colder months.

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he rich, floral, velvet, fabric is stylish an elegant and can compliment any simple colour scheme to add vibrancy to a living room or as a statement chair in a bedroom. Complimentary scatter cushions are available as well as a ten year seat and frame guarantee.

itting for any lounge, kitchen or dining room the distressed clock face, Roman numerals and metal band surround makes the wall clock a traditional yet professional finishing touch to any home. Feel like you’re at a train station in your own home.



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reated from solid birch and birch veneers stained to a mahogany colour, giving a room warmer tones and the New York dining and occasional range offers clean, fresh, modern lines. Just don’t spend too long staring at your pretty face. £146.00

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ChicAsianLifestyle | Health & Fitness

Health & Fitness

Quitting The Habit Help Quitting Smoking


sn’t it time you quit? We all say (usually about eight times a day) that we’re going to quit, but when are we actually going to do it? Well, there really is no time like the present so let’s do it together. We look at some useful tips of breaking the habit!

N Shock Yourself Remind yourself of the effects of continuously smoking by looking at them every day. Find a fairly grotesque photo of an infected heart or lung and pin it up somewhere where you’ll see it all the time. That way you can’t pretend you don’t know why you’re quitting.

Tell People Now is the time to use peer pressure to your absolute advantage. Tell anyone and everyone that you’re quitting! This will mean that people are constantly asking you about how it’s going. This may sound like hell, but it should work in your favour and motivate you to stop.


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NHS Smokefree 0800 022 4332 NHS Smokefree is a great place to start for tips on how to quit smoking. On their website you can order a free Smokefree Kit which will provide you with all the information you need in order to help you stop smoking. British Lung Foundation 08458 505 020

E-Cigarettes You’ve heard of them. You’ve given strangers dodgy looks for ‘vaping’ them next to you on the bus. There’s a reason everyone’s doing it and that’s because it works. With the help of e-cigarettes you can reduce your intake of tobacco at a steady rate and do not contain the tar that cigarettes do.

eed help quitting smoking? Here are some useful contacts to help you along the way!

Save Your Pennies Quitting won’t just potentially save your life; it will also save you some pennies. Keep a jar and put in it the money which you would usually spend on cigarettes. Before you know it you should have enough to buy yourself a little treat.

Throw Away Your Lighter Quitting won’t just potentially save your life; it will also save you some pennies. Keep a jar and put in it the money which you would usually spend on cigarettes. Before you know it you should have enough to buy yourself a little treat.

The British Lung Foundation has loads of information about quitting smoking combined with useful tips on things such as how to prevent your children from inhaling second hand smoke. Quit 0800 002 200 Quit is a charity which not only helps smokers to quit, but also helps to prevent young people from becoming addicted to smoking. The website includes information on various helplines and advice.

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Perk up: Coffee

cause cancer, in fact it can reduce the risk of oral, oesophageal and pharyngeal cancer.


However, to reap all these wonderful health benefits of coffee you must drink it regularly because the caffeine in coffee, which encourages these benefits, only stays in the body for a short period of time. But be careful, drinking too much coffee can lead to trouble sleeping at night, cause headaches and temporarily increases your heart rate so people who suffer heart problems should rethink their beverage choice. Drinking more than eight cups of coffee a day can cause the negative effects to overpower the positive.

The perfect perk or a dangerous drug? offee. Many of us don’t start the day without it and the media are always telling us what the latest reports say about drinking coffee. It prevents depression, causes cancer or makes you live longer, there’s a stream of health effects coffee apparently has on you and it’s hard to know what to believe. But the truth is the advantages of coffee outweigh the disadvantages. Drinking two to three cups of coffee a day can reduce your risk of diabetes, help fight Parkinson’s disease and helps break up gallstones. And despite some reports coffee does not

So keep the cafeteria full, a couple of cups a day can probably make you a healthier person.

Pole Dance Your Way Fit!


ole dancing is fast becoming the new exercise trend, billed as the best way to burn calories and tone muscles; Tabby Smith tells us why she’s a pole dancing convert.

The Perils Of Sugar


hat do Kellogg’s Special K, Innocent Smoothies and Apples have in common? They’re all healthy foods right? Wrong.

Whilst most of us may stock up on Kellogg’s Special K for breakfast and drink Innocent Smoothies and apples towards one of our 5 a day; the foods are actually sky high in sugars. But of course, the companies promoting them don’t tell you that. They focus on the health benefits of Kellogg’s Special K, even telling customers they can lose weight if they eat it twice a day. (I’m pretty sure you could lose weight eating any cereal twice a day). And sure, it does have only 0.5g of fat and 120 calories per serving, but what about the sugar content? There’s a whopping 5g in the Original Kellogg’s cereal alone and that’s before you add your own sugar on top. Also it turns out that Innocent Smoothies aren’t so innocent after all. Sure, they taste delicious (especially the kids ones which I drink – no bits!) and count towards one of your fruit and vegetables for the day, but each serving contains 10.9g of sugar. And it’s not just processed food that is hazardous. Apples contain high levels of fructose also known as fruit sugar. Whilst this is a natural form of sugar, it is still sugar none the less, and dieticians advise to

make your five a day contain more vegetables than fruit. Why is this? It’s simple really. Foods that are so low in fat and calories have to make up the taste value somewhere, and that’s where the sugars come in. A study carried out in 2012 by Dr Evropi Theodoratou, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Molecular, found a strong correlation between diet that is high in sugar and bowel cancer. This doesn’t necessarily mean that just because your diet is high in sugar you will develop bowel cancer, but it does increase your chances. It’s not just adults who should be cautious. Another study conducted in 2011 by the University of Hertordshire collected data from seven of the major supermarkets in the country and compared food targeted at children and adults. They found that many ‘healthy’ foods promoted for children such as yoghurts and cereal bars actually have more sugar and fats in them than foods which are aimed at adults, but due to their clever marketing tactics many adults are unaware of this. So, next time you are in a supermarket and you spot a healthy cereal bar, or low fat yoghurt, check out the levels of sugars it contains, and prepare to be shocked.

What made you choose pole dancing?

One of my mates asked me if I wanted to go and I ended up really enjoying it. I just want to stick to it and get really good at it. It uses different muscles than at a gym; your stomach and arms and really gets your heart pumping.

Can you feel a difference in your fitness? Yeah, I definitely feel like I’m a lot stronger; I’m using muscles that I’d never used before.

Did you feel self conscious?

Yes, extremely nervous! But now I’ve been going once or twice a week since May and I’ve really started to pick up doing it and I can just go on my own now.

Do you think it will catch on as a mainstream fitness trend?

I think obviously people are a bit wary about it, but I’ve had some girls from work getting into it and when they went they said they really enjoyed it as well. Tabby does classes at Butterfly Studios. ChicAsianLifestyle | | Issue18


ChicAsianLifestyle | Dress to your best this Eid...

DRESS TO YOUR BEST THIS EID... Eid-ul-Adha fast approaching let W ith us not forget the true meaning and

significance of this occasion. Eid-ulAdha is an important occasion within any Muslim household, with the day symbolizing sacrifice and highlighting the significance of charity.

Eid is a reminder within Muslim households to be thankful for what they have as well as looking out for those who are not as fortunate. At Janan, we believe in celebrating Eid-ul-Adha in the truest form and marking the festivity in a celebratory way.

We have some exciting news to share in the next coming months, so don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for information regarding a huge star visiting the shop. Follow us on Twitter; @jananoutlet and Facebook (by searching for Janan) for further updates. We wish you have a joyous Eid and hope to see you in-store soon! Love Fashion, Love Janan

Stunning new lines have just been added in time for Eid-ul-Adha, as well as a large variety of clothing available for both men and kids. Step out in some of the finest designs from collections such as Junaid Jamshed, Needlez, Gul Ahmed, Omtex, Hina Mirza and the highly awaited Five Star line. In addition to this, don’t miss out on snapping up a great deal on jewellery; ranging from headpieces to bangle sets, as well as the latest accessories and shoes.

Hope & Happiness We are what we think, and all that we are rises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. Speak and act with a pure mind and happiness will follow


From small acorns do giant oak trees grow Kashmir Crown Bakeries (KCB) was founded in 1968 and is widely acknowledged as one of the first Asian bakeries in Europe. Since then the business has grown from strength to strength with millions in revenue. The company currently specialises in Asian sweets, biscuits, cakes and savoury snacks which are famed throughout the world. The man behind this phenomenal business is Mohammed Saleem, born in Bagh Sheri, Mirpur Azad Kashmir, in 1940. His father would have liked him to go to college but he knew that it was out of his reach. Instead he sat his Matriculation exams, and then got a job in a textile mill.

When he landed in the UK, he had a determination to make a success of his life. After working hard for five year he rented a shop on Leeds Road called Kashmir Food Store supplying fruit and vegetables. He then continued working nights at the mill, and during the day he worked in his shop. In 1970, Saleem bought a bakery in Carrington Street, Bradford, from Mr Whitehead. Saleem experimented making cake rusks, stumbling on the recipe for the best-selling, prizewinning, signature product, the Crown Cake Rusk. It is still made to that original secret recipe and distributed throughout the world.

In the new millennium, Saleem, whilst remaining Company Chairman, handed the running of the business over to the second generation. Expansion into Europe now became the keynote with distributors in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and Spain. Though known globally, the aim now is to make KCB a leading global food manufacturer as famous as Nestle and Coca Cola. KCB’s Product Development Department aims to find new innovations that fulfil the next generation’s more westernised palette.

ChicAsianLifestyle | South India Meets Sheffield

South India Meets Sheffield

What happens when you take up in a different country with different values and a completely different culture? After spending a month in South India, Adam Pigott, investigates the fundamental differences in lifestyle and how we can embrace, not fear, that in our day to day life.


fter a wonderful month, I had left Madurai in the south of India with a heavy heart, such was the positive imprint the city had left on my spirit. So it was that less than two weeks after my return home I found myself basking in the warmth of my local South Indian restaurant, Arusuvai, on London Road. I spoke to newly appointed acting-manager at Arusuvai restaurant, Balaji, 29, originally from Coimbatore, just a few hours drive from Madurai in Tamil Nadu. I wanted to discover how his cross-cultural experiences compared with my own. The congenial interview was accompanied by a very welcome cup of genuine Indian Chai Tea. He explained that he had come to England five years ago to study to become a physiotherapist, and became involved in the management of Arusuvai only two weeks previously. “My wife’s passion was to start a business, and I love food and drink”, he explained. Without hesitation he exclaimed that the biggest culture shock he encountered on arriving in England was the food. ‘Wherever I go I get beef or pork, the things Hindu’s won’t eat. I prefer vegetarian and the options were very limited for me. I ended up with just mashed potatoes and wedges, which made me quite sick. That inspired


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me to learn to cook actually‘. He went on to say that the language barrier, dress codes and activities of English people were initially very strange to him too. I could understood this all too well, having experienced the same differences from the opposite perspective. Whilst in the conservative southern states of India I saw first hand the restrictions placed on young men and, particularly, young unmarried women. India is a land of contrasts, at its best replete with unexpected wonder, but at its worst muddled with hypocrisy. I learnt that while unmarried men and women are often barely allowed to speak to one another, or even sit next to each other on the bus, conversely, and controversially, in some instances it has been heard of for a young woman to be wedded to her uncle. This marriage would be arranged in order to protect the status and caste of the family, which Balaji confirmed for me is a highly significant aspect of Indian culture. Talk turns even closer to home next and with a slightly self-depreciating smile on his face Balaji is quick to identify his mother’s home cooked food as the main thing he misses. “Again, culturally it is very different, up until I came here I was barely apart from my parents. I miss pampering from

mum. Though, I think English people are more friendly than Indian people, generally.” I tell him straight that I disagree with this, but he goes on to elucidate; “Everyone here gives a social smile, in India I never get a social smile. But, family bonding is much more important in India than it is here. In England, at 12 or 13 the son is getting away from the family. One time I saw a father and son paying separately for their own bills, which was embarrassing for me’. This seemed to concur with my experience of living in the home of an Indian family, where there were no distinct bedrooms. The family slept together in the living room, and there was less emphasis on the self. He opened up further at this point; ’Every year I go back to India, and still, when I go home I sleep on my mother’s lap” Here in the West, in the pursuit of individuality and personal wealth, we have lost something fundamental to the human experience. Despite the apparent cultural disparities, the poverty and visible lack of infrastructure found in some areas of India, it seems there is arguably a lot to be learnt from a country that, on a social level, values the family unit over individual aspirations.

ChicAsianLifestyle | BritAsia TV Awards 2013

BritAsia TV Music Awards 2013 Fans from all over the world have been voting for their favourite British Asian Artists!


he wait is nearly over and as ever, 2013 has been a fabulous year for British Asian stars who have undoubtedly been showing Britain (and the world) what they are made of. To celebrate this, an eclectic and exciting mix of stars from the British Asian Music Scene attended the Brit Asia TV Music Awards 2013 Media Nominations Party set in the prestigious Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham which was the perfect setting for this glamorous event. Notable for its ambience, the BritAsia TV Music Awards 2013 nominations party involved an evening of mingling between stars and media. There were stars milling around every corner, celebrating each others success over the past 12 months.

The event did not disappoint and as expected there was a vibrant and buzzing atmosphere; the champagne flowed and Canapés were gratefully consumed courtesy of Mahirs catering. The decadence ensured this star-studded evening was one to be remembered as V.I.P guests all waited witj bated breath to hear the well known Sukhi Bart, BritAsia TV presenter to announce the nominees for the 15 categories. Nominations include up and coming artists such as Sama Blake and Raj Bains for Best newcomer, and DJ Friction for best DJ. There was immense competition between the artists and the tension could be felt rippling through the air whilst the nominees were announced as success is sought after throughout this ever growing industry.

One step closer and with just over a month to go, on Saturday 12th October at the NIA, Birmingham the BritAsia TV Music Awards 2013 are set to take Birmingham by storm with an incredible line up of dazzling performances from the Asian music industry featuring exclusive performances from both UK and international artists such as Diljit Dosanjh, Gippy Grewal, Dr Zeus and Jaz Dhami to name a few, hosted by British actor, comedian and writer Kulvinder Ghir. This momentous event will promise to be a night to remember (depending on how much champagne is consumed!) Let’s hope the awards show lives up to the precedent that has been set by the magnificent nominee’s party!

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ChicAsianLifestyle | London Mela 2013

London Mela 2013 The largest South Asian Festival in Europe


ondon Mela, Europe’s largest outdoor South Asian Festival brought 80,000 revellers to Gunnersbury Park last month. Famous for being a fun, family friendly festival, the sunny weather and eclectic lineup drew the biggest crowd the Mela’s had in 11 years.

of ‘Samaagam’ by The Philharmonia Orchestra with the renowned Sarod Players, Amaan and Ayaan Khan. There was also the hugely popular New Music Stage curated by the Asian Network with performances from artists such as Panjabi Hit Squad, Steel Banglez and Nihal.

“The London Mela goes from strength to strength... it’s an increasingly important event in the capital’s summer of festivals, bringing together thousands of people to socialise and celebrate,” emphasised Ajay Chhabra, The Artistic Director of London Mela. Headliner of the main stage, ‘King of Boliyan’ A S Kang was supported by super talented Sufi musician Hashdeep Kaur, multi award-winning Rahet Fateh Ali Khan, alongside massive names such as Billy Sagoo, Nafees and YouTube sensation, Superwoman, who came all the way from Canada.

In partnership with the BBC Asian Network the London Mela took place for the 8th successive year and was bigger and more spectacular than ever before. Gunnersbury Park itself was a large and idyllic spot for the festival to take place with green open spaces and lakes to enjoy whilst celebrating with the huge crowds the festival drew in. Every music taste was catered for; be it classical, traditional Bollywood, or if you wanted DJs providing a clubbing experience, there was an act for everyone. Music was not the only thing on offer; kids were kept well entertained by a fun fair and hundreds of stalls selling food and handicrafts from all over the world.

An attendee of the event, from Chic Asian Lifestyle Magazine, said “Whilst the Mela could have provided a more communal and ethnically varied event, people flew in across from Europe to celebrate what was an action packed free event” with a total of nine different zones which included the main stage, the classical stage; the magic Mela family area, South Asian food market and a Sports area. Big stars such as Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Harshdeep Kaur and A S Kang drew in massive crowds creating what was reportedly a “buzzing and energetic atmosphere across the whole event”. Audiences were invited to enjoy an exclusive mixture of international stars and UK premieres which make the festival an increasingly significant event in the capital’s summer of festivals, bringing together thousands of people to socialise and celebrate all areas of South Asian culture. As well as the main stage, there was a classical stage with highlights including a special performance


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The London Mela entices a variety of Londoners out for a good time and this year Nasser Hussain challenged festival goers to attempt to out bowl him at the Skype Cricket pavilion. A popular element of the event was the beautiful twilight parade and firework finale accompanying a shadow movement performance of the exhilarating tale of love, jealousy, betrayal that is Rama and Sita completed the event, which “ended it on a calm and relaxing note”. In case that wasn’t enough, England cricket legend Nasser Hussain challenged festival-goers to compete in the Skype Superbowl Challenge and the amazing Kawa Circus displayed their impressive skills in the Magic Mela arena. Keziakh Gratrix

ChicAsianLifestyle | London Mela 2013

London Mela: The Lineup


he London Mela 2013 was a huge success; a feat which can be attribued to this years’ fantastic lineup of comic, dance and music acts. Didn’t manage to make it down? Here’s what you missed:

Main Stage

1.20pm San-2 1.45pm Arjun 2.05pm Superwoman 2.40pm Rax Timyr Productions presents… 3.40pm Raas Masters feat Absolute Bollywood Dancers 4.00pm Nasser Hussain (Personal Appearance) 4.10pm Nafees 4.50pm Superwoman 5.15pm Rahat Fateh Ali Khan 5.40p Bally Sagoo 6.35pm Harshdeep Kaur With Rax Timyr Band 7.25pm A S Kang

The Hosts

Tommy Sandhu, Noreen Khan, Bobby Friction and Suzi Mann.

BBC Asian Network New Music

2.00pm Yasser 2.30pm Lippi 2.45pm Yasser / Nihal 3.00pm Lost Souljah 3.15pm Nihal 3.45pm Arjun 4.00pm KanDMan & Limelight 4.30pm PMG 4.45pm Nihal 5.00pm FUSE ODG 5.15pm Charlie Sloth 5.45pm Panjabi Hit Squad 6.15pm (onwards) Mumzy, Nihal, Steel Banglez Presents K&K, Cashtastic & Yungen

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ChicAsianLifestyle | Cafe Regal

Cafe Regal specialises in a unique concept Cafe Regal is one of Bradford’s most well established and well loved restaurants. Renowned for its fantastic service and delicious food, the restaurant is now under new management which will involve a change in menu and a brand new look for Cafe Regal. Open all day from breakfast time until late, Cafe Regal specialises in a unique concept combining Kashmiri, Indian and Pakistani cuisine. They serve traditional and continental breakfasts as well as lunches and five course evening meals, catering to all of your dining needs. Situated on the famous White Abbey Road, Cafe Regal is located right in the heart of the most vibrant streets in Bradford, home to the best clothes and jeweller y stores and beautiful boutiques which ever yone flocks to. As well as a restaurant, Cafe Regal has an excellent reputation in catering for banquets and events for which they can provide either the restaurant itself or their own function hall which can seat up to 100 people. As well as catering in house, they specialise in creating celebration cakes for birthdays, weddings or whatever you may require!

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ChicAsianLifestyle | Scandinavian Films

Foreign Films Mathilde Mouchonnat looks at her top three Scandinavian films

“Jagten” (The Hunt) Directed By: Thomas Vinterberg


ucas (Mads Mikklesen) is recently divorced and trying his best to have a fresh start by getting involved in his work at nursery school and starting to date a new girl. But as soon as Christmas arrives, an unkind remark will turn into a considerable rumor which will get the community to conspire against Lucas, soon becoming a destructive lie with no way out. It’s the typical Scandinavian movie, with its light and image processing, its choice of sets with big wooden houses lost in giant forests and its characters’ psychology. Indeed, Thomas Vinterberg talks about Lucas character as “the modern Scandinavian men: warm hearted, friendly, helpful

and modest”. The interesting thing here is that neither the director or the actor is falling in the easy cliché trap. When classical witch hunt films centers around scenes like the gathered community screaming with hate. or the the suspect being interviewed by the police, The Hunt doesn’t get tricked and tackles the subject from a brand new point of view, the one of the defendant. By these means, we avoid everything that could have been boring in the script for the benefit of a true moral questioning. And that’s why Vinterberg’s film works: basing one’s argument on déjà vu to ask new questions. Every familiar ingredients are combined but it’s not a foregone conclusion. The real moral will spread slowly during the entire movie like a rumor in a village or snowflakes on the winter floor.

“Call Girl”

Directed By Michael Marcimain


tockholm in the seventies, its dark streets and fair haired girls. A postcard kind of city, where sexual politics comes up against minor prostitution. With this highly topical issue, which left its mark on the country, Michael Marcimain introduces us Iris (Sofia Karemyr), a young troubled girl who will have no qualms about selling her body with her associate Sonia (Josefin Asplund) in order to climb up the Swedish social ladder. During almost two hours and a half, the director seems to stretch the time on purpose. By setting the film in a dreary and colourless atmosphere, Michael Marcimain puts us in empathy with the two girls, jailed in a world they wish to escape.

“ Oslo 31 August” Directed By: Joachim Trier


t’s the last day of summer in Oslo. Anders (Anders Danielsen Lie) just got out of rehab and comes to spend a day in the city for a job interview. At the same time, he gets to see members of his family and old friends to make the most of it. In this documentary look-alike movie, Joachim Trier enrolls his central figure in a melancholic and vaporous Oslo. The film constantly lingers between Anders’ social environment and the city, with its light, its nature and its architecture.Thanks to the


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given perception of the character, the film absorbs us into his thoughts. By setting up a metaphor of loneliness through the figure of a junkie,the director goes beyond the simple stereotype of the drug addict. Between sociological reflexion and impressionist painting, the film transports us on a twenty-four hour odyssey to get us interested in integrity, self questioning and to debate about life in general. We come out of the cinema changed and our mind full of questions as if we just had a long conversation in a cafe with a friend.

Moreover, it’s on a chromatic level that everything takes place in the movie. The pastel shades of youth club are continuously crashed into the garish colours of the city and the parties. After a full-immersion stay at the bottom of the social ladder, we gradually accede to glamour and power to then sink , just like the characters, in a dead end nightmare emphasized by a neurotic editing and Mattias Bärjed’s forceful soundtrack. Somewhere between arthouse film, ikea commercial and typical thriller, “Call Girl” gives a new facet of Sweden and of Scandinavian cinema at the same time.

ChicAsianLifestyle | Upcoming Bollywood Releases

Bollywood Films

Besharam Release Date: 2nd October 2013 Director: Abhinav Kashyap Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Pallavi Shardar


n this comedy Kapoor plays Babli, a charming mechanic who lives in an orphanage in New Delhi and loves to live his life to the max. His motto is work hard, party harder.

and wrong. Until the day when he unwittingly hurts Tara (Pallavi Shardar) the love of his life and ends up being chased by police couple (played by Kapoor’s parents) Chulbul Chautala (Rishi Kapoor) and Bulbul Chautala (Neetu Singh Kapoor). Babli is forced to change his lifestyle and make up for his wrong doings by learning to do the right thing. However, he continues to be shameless in his actions, making for some comedic scenes throughout the film.

He steals cars to support his orphanage, but it appears that he is a man who has a sense of right

Shahid Release Date: 18th October 2013 Director: Hansal Mehta Starring: Rajkumar Yadav, Tigmanshu Dhulia, K K Menon

S Mickey Virus Release Date: 25th October 2013 Director: Saurabh Varma Starring: Manish Choudhary, Elli Auram, Manish Paul


ickey Virus is a comic thriller set in Delhi. When the police forces in Delhi are confronted with a case involving hacking they begin a search that will find them a computer hacker to help them locate the villain. Police chief, ACP Siddhanth (Manish Choudhary) discovers Mickey Arora (Manish Paul) who is a lazy but street

smart hacker. He leads a double life, working in a grocery store during the day and creating virus’ for anti virus companies come night fall with his tom boy friend Chutney (Puja Gupta) who is always at hand for Mickey in any odd jobs. Arora is also head over heels for a character he has created in his game who he has named “Kung FU Chameli” and Mickey will do anything to get out of hard work to do whatever suits him. It becomes apparent however that Mickey Arora does not appreciate that ACP Siddhanth accompanied by trusty Inspector Bhalla (Varun Badola) are not going to be as easy to crack as the computers he hacks.

hahid is a biographical hindi film which is based on the life of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi who was assassinated in Mumbai in 2010. Azmi and his family were terrorised during the Mumbai riots of 1993. Shahid was then accused of having terrorist links and was arrested and imprisoned under a draconian law before he became the fearless lawyer that he was known as. He was murdered whilst defending Fahim Ansari who was on trial accused of playing a part in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, but was later acquitted and has gone on to become an unlikely martyr. The film follows Azmi’s awe-inspiring journey as an impoverished citizen who became a symbol for human rights and an inspirational testament of the power of human spirit. Mehta was inspired to make the film when Shahid Azmi was accused of criminal activities after his death and he was not alive to tell his side of the story; Mehta took it in to his side to show the world the whole tale and stand up for Shahid and his beliefs.

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Your Wedding Problems Solved! New store opening soon on Thornton Road! The excitement of an engagement can be overwhelming. Getting engaged is one of the biggest milestones in your life, save for your wedding day. But shortly after the engagement you have to begin the somewhat stressful task of planning your ideal wedding. Like many other couples yo may be confused about the astonishing variety of options available to you. When confronted with such a challenge it is easy to overlook even the smallest of details, which could make all the difference to your big event. Obviously you want ever y single aspect of your wedding to be absolutely perfect for this, arguably the most important event of your life. In the modern world daily life stresses and commitments tend to make it difficult to plan a wedding. In recent years many couples have turned to an alternative to plan their wedding, using a company to arrange the entire event for them. One of the most reconised and trusted wedding services in West Yorkshire is Star Wedding Decor and Textiles. The company bills themselves as “A complete wedding and party service�, something which they are proud to deliver on. For ten years Star Wedding Decor and Textiles have been helping couples in South Yorkshire to plan, arrange and execute their ideal wedding events, which would otherwise be extremely difficult for the couples to organise alone. The expertly trained wedding co-ordinators at Star Wedding Decor and Textiles will take you through ever y stage of the wedding planning process, in order to work to your exact specifications. From then on in the co-ordinator will take care of ever ything, so all you have to worr y about is turning up and looking your best! Star Wedding Decor and Textiles can take care of absolutely ever ything from elegant stages, aisle decorations, modern and exquisite flower arrangements, venue hire and unique backdrops to lighting schemes, red carpets, tents, platforms and seating decorations. No matter what your ideal wedding looks like, Star Wedding Decor and Textiles will meet your needs in ever way they can. You can trust the expert co-ordinators to deliver a high level of service at a ver y reasonable price. Star Wedding have a new store opening soon on 581 Thornton Road, BD8 9RA.


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ChicAsianLifestyle | Eid Al Adha

Your Perfect Eid Al-Adha How much do you know about The Feast of Sacrifice?



t is almost that time of year again, Eid Al-Adha; the Feast of Sacrifice. This is, of course, a holy time when we remember the ultimate sacrifice which Abraham chose to make. It is a reminder to have faith regardless of what is asked of us. It is also a family time, a time to celebrate and a chance to have a massive party. This is the bigger of the two Eids and, hence, the bigger of the two parties. With that in mind it is time to get planning!

Muslims all over the world will sacrifice an animal such as a sheep or a goat as a reminder of Ibrahim’s obedience to Allah (although in Britain this can only legally occur in a slaughterhouse) and share the meal out between family, friends and the poor. At Eid it is also obligatory to donate a certain amount of money to charity to help less fortunate people buy food and clothes so they too can celebrate the day.

clothing that they are required to wear throughout Eid which is a big part of the celebration.

Eid Al-Adha (or big Eid) is the latter of two religious festivals celebrated by Muslims around the world and it honours prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his first born son to Allah. For Muslims this event reminds them of how important it is that they themselves be willing to sacrifice anything at Allah’s command. It also marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

2013’s celebration will take place on 15th October and on this day many Muslims will make a special effort to purchase new clothes or wear their finest outfits to attend the prayer service at their local Mosque. Muslims are encouraged to prepare themselves for the occasion of Eid by making wudu (ablution) and offering Salat-al-fair (the pre sunrise prayer) and preparing for personal cleanliness. This includes taking care of the beautiful yet modest

Whatever religion you are, the message of Eid Al-Adha is an important one and the generosity of those who are well off giving to people who are not as financially secure as they are is a very positive thing, especially considering the financial hardship many people are currently suffering.

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These days, traditional designs, patterns, and styles are blended with modernity to create a stunning mix. As long as all designs follow the modesty guidelines there are no restrictions on what colours or fabrics can be used so it really is a colourful and extravagant event in the Islamic calendar.

One of the biggest Eid events of the year, Eid Masti 2013, has just been announced. Tickets on sale now.

ChicAsianLifestyle | Eid Al Adha

Eid Gift Ideas

It’s not all about receiving; it’s about giving and seeing the joy that your gifts can bring to others. Finding an ideal Eid gift, though, can be something of a nightmare. With so many things to choose from shopping at this time of year can be a minefield. Here are some of our top Eid gift picks to give you a little holiday inspiration.

Lylahs’ Eid Al-Adha Picks


his Eid Al-Adha you need to dress to impress, a feat which isn’t always as easy as it may seem. One classic jewellery piece can do wonders for your overall look, creating a stylish look with little effort. Lylahs Jewellery, on White Abbey Road, have picked their top Eid jewellery pieces this Eid.

Allah Square Kufic Pendant


his gift combines religion and fashion with a sleek and sophisticated pendant in silver and turquoise which encompasses the name of Allah in Arabic calligraphy. The piece is embedded with translucent crystal gem stones which serve to set off the piece itself. £5.99,

Copper based no fade lighter to wear £100

Did You Know?

The First Eid in Space was in 2007


id you know that way back in 2007 astronaut, Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, threw the first ever Eid party in space?

Sheikh, of Malaysia, was the first Muslim to go to space during an Eid celebration, meaning he had to follow the Guidebook for Islamic Astronauts issued by the government which set out specific ways in which to carry out prayers in space. The 35 year old took traditional celebration food, such as spicy meat skewers, cookies and Malaysian satay, to space during his eleven day exhibition, which unfortunately clashed with the Islamic celebration.

Mosque Bloques!


his is the deal way to introduce your little ones to religion whilst at the same time teaching them some important developmental skills. Research has shown that when children play with building blocks in their early developmental phase the can increase logical cognitive functions.

The landmark event was reported across all of the major Malaysian newspaprs and Sheikh was held up as a record breaking Muslim, finally taking the religion to outer space!


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T American diamonds £230

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ChicAsianLifestyle | What’s On

What’s On

We pick out the best events happening this month!

Hindu & Sikh Singles Party Saturday 5th of October Amber Bar, London

Asian Bride Live

Sunday 13th of October Novotel West Hotel, London


he Asian wedding exhibition has arrived in London. Spread over three areas of the Novotel Hotel and organised by the Asian Bride Magazine, the show is designed to inspire and prepare you for your wedding day, expect

T them to cover every aspect of the wedding process. There will be a wedding exhibition including 100 stalls of exhibitors followed by a professionally choreographed catwalk to show off the latest fashion and trends in bridal and groom wear from around the world. Tickets from £8.00

he sell out Hindu and Sikh singles party is back once again. Head over to the Amber Bar for drinks and prizes to break the ice. This is the perfect opportunity to meet single professionals and take part in an optional speed dating event. The event starts at 7:30 with a professional DJ from 10:00, there is no shortage of things to do and people to talk to at the Amber Bar. The age limit is a young 37, and it’s a smart/casual dress code. Tickets from £15.99

Muslim Speed Dating Sunday 6th October Fredericks Lounge, Birmingham

BritAsia TV Music Awards Saturday 12th of October The National Indoor Arena, Birmingham


et yourself down to the eagerly awaited BritAsia TV Music awards. For the fourth year in a row the event is being held this October in Birmingham; expect high quality performances from a variety of A-List celebrities and artists.


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It’s one of the biggest nights in the British Asian music calendar, with sixteen categories and accolades to be awarded to the most talented, including a lifetime achievement award. With ticket prices from £27.50 this is not a night to be missed. Tickets from £27.50


re you single and between the ages of 23 and 35? If so the Muslim Speed Dating event may have something for you. You have been invited to a night of socialising with like minded people where anything is possible. The process is simple, your dates will last three minutes each and at the end you tick the box if you see them as a potential date, two ticks and you’re matched. Head to Fredericks Lounge for a night of socialising and endless opportunities. Tickets from £15.99

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ChicAsianLifestyle | Contents & Contributors



his month we have a jam-packed issue for you. Last month saw the notable event, the London Mela 2013, which was a huge hit, and the Brit Asia awards launch party, for which we are currently awaiting the results! That aside October is the month of the big Eid…. Not prepared? Don’t panic we have a guide to the perfect Eid party and even some Eid gift ideas. What would you do without us, eh? No, we don’t know either. For all those travel lovers out there this month we have a guide to two of my absolute favourite cities; Lonon (of course) and Nice! If that’s not you thing, then we have something for all you home lovers; a complete guide to revampng your house with sme rather special vintage style pieces. Sit, back with a cuppa and enjoy Chic Asian Lifestyle!


Hussain Shafique


Charlotte Grainger

Design Director Shane Gilmartin

Graphic Designer Amy Gilbert

Your editor, Charlotte Grainger

Web Designer Francesca Cirillo

Advertising Manager Melanie Jackson

Sales Representative Dawn Goodwin

Eid Al-Adha Page10


Bollywood Films Page15

Aiden Marples

Staff Writer Laura Kay


Shazia Afzal

London Mela 2013 Page18 06

Travel Page32

What’s On Dating Special: Your guide to the best events this month!


Your perfect Eid Al-Adha It’s that time of year again! Need some gift ideas? We have got it sorted.

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Foreign Films

Ever seen a Scandinavian fim? No, neither have we, but we’re thinking we should now…

Bollywood Film

We take a look at three of the best Bollywood blockbusters out this month.

London Mela 2013

We review one of the biggest Asian events of the year. You’re welcome!

Health & Fitness

Pole dancing as exercise? Don’t mind if we do!


Is your home looking a little tired? Take a look at our Living pages.


Fancy a city break? We take a look at Nice and London!


Bling v Budget? Which car would you pick?

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Special Thanks

The Shining Hope Foundation, the iPrayer Mat, Tim Barnes-Clay, BritAsia, The London Mela 2013, JTS Interiors, Munif Zia, Mercury Taxis

Our Policy

We strive with every care possible ensure the information published is correct. However, on occasion some material may be altered after the magazine has gone to print. Therefore we cannot accept any responsibility for these changes and can only offer our sincerest apologies in such an event.

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